TRI­UMPHANT TOY STORY AT FALDO SE­RIES ASIA GRAND FI­NAL

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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.

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