Sunday, December 27, 2015

  Sixteen-year-old wins Asian Development 

Tour event and a place on the Asian Tour

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand: Thai prodigy Phachara Khongwatmai grabbed the last Asian Tour card on offer for 2016 by  winning his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the season-ending Boonchu Ruangkit Championship today.
The 16-year-old Thai closed with a five-under-par 66 and a 22-under-par 262 total for a one-shot victory over leading Thai star Thongchai Jaidee (65) and countrymen Chinnarat Phadungsil (66), who settled for second place at the 3,000,000 Baht (approx. US$83,000) ADT event.
Overnight leader Natthapong Niyomchon of Thailand battled to a 69 to take fourth place on 264 while compatriot Rattanon Wannasrichan finished a further shot back in fifth following a 68 at the Rancho Charnvee Resort and Country Club.
Phachara took home the winner’s prize purse of US $14,546 courtesy of his win which raised his season’s tally to US $36,678 and propelled him to fifth place on the final ADT Order of Merit, which is the cut-off for players to secure their Asian Tour cards for 2016.
The talented Thai teenager had earlier missed out on securing his 2016 Asian Tour card through the region’s premier Tour when he finished the season in 64th place on the Merit rankings, just one rung away from the cut-off mark.
“I was not expecting much when I started the round today. I just told myself to try my best out there and if I can win, it will be great," said.
“Thongchai played really well on the back nine and I knew he was catching up when I was on 16. I got a little nervous and I still managed to keep my game in control,” said Phachara who has already earned a place in next year's Open championship at Royal Troon.
Par 284 (4x72)
262 - Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) 64-69-63-66
263 - Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 66-64-68-65, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 66-66-65-66
264 - Natthapong NIYOMCHON (THA) 66-66-63-69
265 - Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 66-61-70-68
266 - Piya SWANGARUNPORN (THA) 68-64-67-67, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 64-68-66-68, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 65-64-68-69
267 - Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 68-68-65-66, Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA) 68-66-65-68
268 - Varan ISRABHAKDI (THA) 64-68-69-67, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 65-66-68-69
269 - Tichakorn SAWADEE (THA) 67-69-69-64, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 64-71-68-66, Atthaphon SRIBOONKAEW (THA) 66-66-68-69



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