Recorded a best-of-the-day closing 65 at the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open to climb into a share of sixth spot and claim one of the four Open Qualifying Series places up for grabs – thanks to top three Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Jazz Janewattananond all being exempt for The 149th Open at Royal St George’s.
“Going into today I didn’t think I could qualify – I’m very proud,” said Saksansin. “It’s going to be the biggest stage that I have ever played, so I am very excited.”
He stood 397th in the world starting that week, but just over a year earlier he reached a career-high 138th after ending 2018 with a three-stroke victory over Janewattananond at the BNI Indonesian Masters. He fired a second-round 63 there en route to his third Asian Tour success, having won the same event in 2016.
As an amateur Saksansin represented Thailand at the Asian Games, Eisenhower Trophy World Team Championship and Southeast Asian Games, where he was part of the winning side and third best individually. That was in 2013 and he turned professionally the same year.
He made his EurAsia Cup debut against Europe in 2018, partnering Sunghoon Kang to a fourball win over Henrik Stenson and Alexander Levy, and defeating Paul Casey in the singles.