It­thipat breaks ti­tle drought with splash­ing round

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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.

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