Bali, Indonesia: Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij held his nerve to complete a wire-to-wire Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory for the second time this season at the US$100,000 Combiphar Players Championship.
Thai Varanyu, who led from start to finish for his maiden ADT title in May, closed with a two-under-par 70 and a 15-under 273 total to win by one shot over Finland’s Janne Kaske at New Kuta Golf.
The 21-year-old Varanyu is the first player to win more than once on the ADT this season.
His victory in the penultimate event on the 2018 schedule earned him a cheque for US$17,500 that catapulted him into second place on the ADT Order of Merit and guaranteed him one of the seven Asian Tour cards on offer for the 2019 season.
Varanyu said: “It’s unbelievable. I signed up for the Asian Tour Qualifying School two weeks ago and now I’ve got my card through the ADT!”
After trading one birdie against two bogeys to turn in 37, Varanyu rebounded strongly with birdies on 10, 14 and 15 before making some crucial par saves on his way home.
“I made a par putt from about 13 feet on 16 and hit a good shot from a difficult lie to about five feet to save par on 17. Then on the 18th, I had two putts to win,” added Varanyu, who turned professional in 2015.
Kaske, a two-time Asian Tour winner, battled to a 70 to take second place while American Justin De Los Santos finished four shots further back in third following a 68. Malaysian Shariffuddin Ariffin carded a 70 to claim fourth on 279.
Miguel Carballo of Argentina continues to lead the ADT Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$41,713 while Varanyu trails by US$8,290 in second. Nitithorn Thippong of Thailand, who missed the half-way cut in Bali, slipped to third.