Lo­cal Sen­sa­tion Crowned

HK Golfer - - Asia Focus -

Young Thai Rat­tanon Wan­nas­richan com­pleted a sen­sa­tional wire-to-wire vic­tory at the Thai­land Open, clos­ing with a four-un­der-par 67 to win by two shots for his maiden Asian Tour suc­cess on Sun­day. "I waited five years (since turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2012) for this win. I am proud of my­self. I fi­nally proved that I could do it,” said Rat­tanon.

The baby-faced 21-year-old, who held a one-shot lead head­ing into the fi­nal round, kept his com­po­sure to re­turn with a round of five birdies against one bo­gey and a win­ning to­tal of 21-un­der-par 263 at the Thai Coun­try Club.

De­spite stum­bling with a bo­gey on the last, Rat­tanon man­aged to hold off the com­bined chal­lenges from In­dian duo Shiv Ka­pur and Ga­gan­jeet Bhullar, who set­tled for sec­ond place, in the US$300,000 event, which re­turned to the Asian Tour sched­ule this week fol­low­ing an eight-year lapse.

The Thai­land Open, in­au­gu­rated in 1965, is also the first leg of the newly launched Pana­sonic Swing, which pro­vides a bonus pool across five des­ig­nated tour­na­ments.

Photo by Asian Tour

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