Home Hero Claims Thailand Open Victory
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand claimed a special victory at the Thailand Open after closing with an even-par 70 at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event on Sunday.
The bubbly Thai became the fifth local player to lift the prestigious Thailand
Open trophy after holding off the strong challenge from countryman Poom Saksansin at the Thai Country Club.
The 25-year-old Panuphol battled nerves heading into the final six holes where he bogeyed 13 and 18, and almost found the water hazard with his third shot on the par-five 17th hole. He held on to victory after signing for a 13-under-par 267 total.
The baby-faced Poom, who represented Asia at the EurAsia Cup earlier this year, overtook the lead early in the round but struggled to maintain his title charge following bogeys on 10 and 12.
He ended his campaign on a 70 to settle for second place, one shot back of the champion Panuphol while 20-year-old
Sarit Suwannarut enjoyed his best result on the Asian Tour after securing third place.