Itthipat breaks title drought with splashing round
ITTHIPAT Burantanyarat rediscovered his winning form yesterday, firing a seven-under-par 64 to win by two shots in the final round of the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship.
The 25-year-old Thai broke his three-year title drought on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) by staying focused on a pressure-filled final day to clinch the Bt4-million event with a 26-under-par total of 258. Victory at the event hosted by Thai legend Boonchu Ruangkit earned Itthipat the winner’s prize of US$21,862 plus 10 world ranking points.
American Johannes Veerman made a final charge with a 63, to share second place on a 260 total with England’s Steve Lewton, who ended his campaign with a 66 at the Rancho Charnvee Resort and Country Club.
Starting the round with a one-shot deficit, the Thai grabbed birdies on holes three, five and seven to make the turn in 32. “On hole 11 I hit it in the water and made bogey which made me a little nervous with everyone catching up. But I was still able to control my emotions and rely on my short game,” he said.
Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand lifts the trophy in Korat.