Hua Hin, Thailand: Chapchai Nirat mounted a sensational comeback by powering his way to victory with a closing seven-under-par 65 to win the ADT Thongchai Jaidee Foundation.
A four-time Asian Tour winner, Chapchai overcame a four-shot overnight deficit to win the four million Baht (about US$115,770) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event by six shots, courtesy of his winning total of 12-under 276.
Fellow Thai Sorachut Hansapiban carded a 70 to finish outright second while overnight leader Peradol Panyathanasedh struggled to a 76 to sign off in third place.
Despite starting his round four shots behind Peradol, Chapchai was confident of staging a fightback at the Black Mountain Golf Club.
The 33-year-old knew the gusty conditions would continue to pose a challenge to the leading contenders and there was still everything to play for at the ADT event.
“I putted really well today and that was the key to victory. The windy conditions really tested everyone’s abilities and I knew I stood a chance once I managed to reach the 13th hole with five birdies,” said Chapchai.
The Thai dropped his only shot of the day on the par-three 14th but stormed his way to a grandstand finish by closing with three successive birdies starting from the 16th hole.
“It was a nice way to finish the round with three birdies and I really have to thank my hot putter for helping me play so well today,” said Chapchai.
Victory at the ADT Thongchai Jaidee Foundation is timely as Chapchai now heads to the UBS Hong Kong Open buoyed with confidence.
‘I’ll be heading to Hong Kong tomorrow and this win has given me lots of confidence to do well there. My last win on the Asian Tour was in 2014 and hopefully I can win again in Fanling next week,” said Chapchai.
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