TRIUMPHANT TOY STORY AT FALDO SERIES ASIA GRAND FINAL
Thailand’s Napat Paramacharoenroj produced a grandstand finish to claim a notable victory in the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final. Under the gaze of six-time Major champion
Sir Nick Faldo, Napat – nicknamed Toy – drained a 35-foot birdie putt on the final green at the award-winning Faldo Design layout at Laguna Laˇng Cô in Danang for a closing three-under-par 68 in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event. That gave him a 54-hole total of eight-under 205 and a one-stroke win from Indonesian Jonathan Wijono (69), who was left to rue a double-bogey six at the 16th. A further stroke back in third was Australian Daniel Gale (69) with first round leader Mohammad Rasel of Bangladesh
(70) in fourth on 208 and Chinese-Taipei’s
Liu Yung-hau (72) fifth on 209. “It’s been a memorable week. My thanks to Sir Nick Faldo for providing this opportunity. This is certainly one of the highlights of my golfing career,” said 15-year-old Napat, who is only the second Thai winner of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, following in the footsteps Nakarin Ratanakul, who triumphed at Mission Hills China in the inaugural event in 2007. Sir Nick, who hosted participants from 20 countries at the Laguna Laˇng Cô resort this week, said: “Congratulations to Khun Toy. He showed tremendous skill and composure. To make a birdie to win under such intense pressure at the final hole was commendable. He is a worthy champion.”
Napat Paramacharoenroj receives the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final trophy from Sir Nick Faldo. Picture by Kong Koong.