Lahore, Pakistan: Poosit Supupramai claimed a stunning victory at the inaugural Defence Raya Golf Championship after closing with a three-under-par 69.
The win was especially sweet as the 24-year-old Thai was a late entry into the US$120,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event as his visa was only approved on Monday.
His patience paid off when he won his first ADT title by one shot with a total of 14-under-par 202 in the event which was reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather.
Luke Joy of England posted a closing 67 to finish second on 203, while Wolmer Murillo (67) of Venezuela and Malcolm Kokocinski (68) of Sweden shared third place at the Defence Raya Golf and Country Club.
Sweet-swinging Poosit was delighted to taste success after going through lean years where his best result was a tied fourth finish on the ADT in 2014. He won his only title on the local Thai circuit in the same year.
With the victory, Poosit also wrote a small slice of history by joining his brother Sattaya, a three-time ADT winner, as the only brothers to have tasted success on the ADT.
“It is a big surprise for me because I came here last minute. I’m so happy my visa was approved because I really wanted to play in this event. I went to Macao and Indonesia to caddie for my brother and chill out. I wanted to play in Macao but I couldn’t qualify so I really wanted to play on the ADT,” said Poosit.
The Thai won US$21,000 and moved to 12th position on the Order of Merit. He is now in the running to secure an Asian Tour card for 2018 if he can finish inside the top-five on the final Merit ranking.
“I haven’t played good for a few years. I think the main reason is because of my mental game. I always think that my swing is not good enough. I had a talk to my coach and family and they really made me feel comfortable. I’m so happy I won this event for them,” said Poosit.
It was the Thai’s first visit to Pakistan. “All the players here felt welcomed. It is a good golf course and we enjoyed our stay at Defence Raya. We felt very safe and I can’t wait to return next year to defend my title.”
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