The Phuket News

Atthaya’s profile continues to rise

- The Phuket News (Additional reporting by the Bangkok Post)

Donaldson birdied the 17th and 18th to complete a 66 and join Kiradech in top spot before Horschel birdied the last to edge in front.

Canter was unable to find a birdie on the 17th or 18th to force a play-off, the 31-yearold thinning a chip from just short of the green on the 17th and narrowly missing from 15 feet on the last.

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Meanwhile, Atthaya claimed her second victory of the 2021 LET season after a thrilling final round at Golfpark Holzhaeuse­rn in Switzerlan­d, netting €30,000 (approx B1.16mn) in prize money in the process.

The Ratchaburi native shot a successive six-underpar 66 on the third and final round for 16-under 200 to beat Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord, who hit a 68, by one stroke.

The 18-year-old, who won the Czech Ladies Open in June, sat four strokes off the lead after the second round but made an excellent start to her final round.

Four birdies on the front nine propelled Atthaya to the summit of the leaderboar­d, as she made the turn in 31.

The Thai star was playing alongside Skarpnord, who pushed the teenager all the way with the duo tied for the lead after 15 holes.

But it was back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 that ensured Atthaya set the clubhouse lead of 16-under 200, and no one was able to catch her as she secured her fourth LET title.

“I hit pretty good shots out there and I gave myself a lot of chances to make birdies. I rolled the putts really well today and was making a lot of them,” said the 2021 Race to Costa del Sol leader.

“I worked really hard last year with my coach, and I think all the results tell me that it is paying off. I’m so happy to get another win.”

In July, Atthaya finished fifth at the Evian Championsh­ip for her best ever result at a major event.

She finished second at the LPGA Thailand in May and was joint second at the Women’s Scottish Open last month.

In the 2021 Race to Costa del Sol, Atthaya’s second win of the season means she extends her advantage at the top of standings, and now has 2,887.46 points from 13 tournament­s.

Australia’s Stephanie Kyriacou is second (1,394.35) while Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen is third (1,377.27), while Skarpnord moved up to fourth (1,145.86) after her runner-up finish.

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Bangkok Post Photo: Atthaya Thitikul poses with the trophy after winning the Swiss Ladies Open.
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