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Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shiv Kapur ties second at US$300,000 Thailand Open

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Posted by Admin 21 May 2017

Thailand Open- 4moles.comBangkok: Young Thai 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 on Sunday. The baby-faced 21-year-old, 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.

 

Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand- 4moles.comRattanon’s opening 62 would also mark the lowest start by a winner so far this season

 

"I am very happy to win my first Asian Tour title at my own National Open! I played solid again today and just focused shot by shot. Nothing different from the last three rounds. I waited five years (since turning professional in 2012) for this win. I am really proud of myself. I finally proved that I can do it." said Rattanon. 

 

Despite stumbling with a bogey on the last, Rattanon managed to hold off the combined challenges from Indian duo Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar, who settled for second place, in the US$300,000 event, which returned onto the Asian Tour schedule this week following an eight-year lapse.

 

gaganjeet bhullar at thailand open- 4moles.comGaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Final round 67 (-4), Total 265 (-19)

 

"It was a great finish with two consecutive birdies to grab a share of second place. I played so well and I thought at the end of the day, I will either win or finish inside top-five. I am very happy with the way I played. It’s been very special." said Bhullar

 

Kapur, who was chasing for 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 after chipping in from 35 yards on the 18 to close with a second consecutive 67.

 

Shiv Kapur at Thailand Open- 4moles.comShiv Kapur (Ind) – Final round 63 (-8), Total 265 (-19)

 

"You can’t be winning every week so if I am able to put myself in contention every week, I will be very happy. The turning point for me was on the birdie on 14. I dropped a shot earlier on 13 and thought I needed to gain back in the last few holes. I managed to make four in a row from 14 which was great. I went from being in tied-ninth to threatening for the lead!" Said Kapur

 

Thailand’s 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 of Australia marked his best efforts of the week with a solid 64, finishing in sixth place on 269 alongside three other players, including Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who closed with a 70.

 

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 10am local time.

 

The Thailand Open, inaugurated in 1965, is also the first leg of the newly launched Panasonic Swing, which provides a bonus pool across five designated tournaments.

 

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