Home Hero Claims Thai­land Open Vic­tory

HK Golfer - - Divots -

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.

Photo by Asian Tour

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