Bangkok, Thailand: Rattanon Wannasrichan completed a sensational wire-to-wire victory at the Thailand Open, closing with a four-under-par 67 to win by two shots for his maiden Asian Tour success.
The baby-faced 21-year-old Thai, who held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, kept his composure to return with a round of five birdies against one bogey and a winning total of 21-under-par 263 at the Thai Country Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Despite stumbling with a bogey on the last, Rattanon managed to hold off the challenges of Indian duo Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar, who settled for second place, in the US$300,000 event, which returned to the Asian Tour schedule following an eight-year lapse.
Kapur, who was chasing back-to-back wins, sank four straight birdies in his closing five holes to pile the pressure on Rattanon before signing for the day’s best score of a 63. Bhullar, a seven-time Asian Tour winner, impressed with a birdie-birdie finish. He chipped in from 35 yards on the 18th to close with a second consecutive 67.
Thai Panuphol Pittayarat battled to a 70 to finish four shots back in fourth place while compatriot Danthai Boonma grabbed fifth on 268 following a bogey-free 66.
Reigning Order of Merit champion Scott Hend fired a 64 to finish sixth on 269 alongside three other players, including Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The final round of the Thailand Open was delayed for two hours and 45 minutes in the morning due to heavy rain and lightning threats. Play commenced only at 10 am local time.