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The 16th edition of the LPGA Thailand 2023 finished at the prestigious Siam Country Club Old Course, Pattaya from 23 – 26 February 2023. It is Thailand’s only LPGA sanctioned event which is happening with a legacy of fifteen years.
Lilia Vu with the trophy
The tournament witnessed some of the world’s best golfers and Thai stars competing for a 1.7 million USD as an attractive prize purse. The event showcased the rich culture of Thailand and the journey of women’s golf, experiencing the best golfing exposure to fans in the region.
Winner Lilia Vu
The tournament was won by the American professional golfer Lilia Vu who finished 22-under ( 66 - 70 - 66 - 64) winning a total amount of $255,000.
Playing in the hometown, national qualifier Natthakritta Vongtaveelap finished as a runner’s up position who got down to the second place in the final round, before that she retained the top spot after the third round of the LPGA Thailand tournament 2023 Championship. She bogeyed four holes on the final day, giving the 20-year old a total of 267, she played one stroke behind the leader and finished 21-under (67 - 65 - 64 - 71) taking a prize money of $157,780.
Natthakritta was closely in rivalry with another Thai compatriot Atthaya Thitikul, who tied with Nattakritta by the end of the third round but later stood at the solo third position with two strokes behind the leader. She accounted for 20-under (67 - 69 - 64 - 68) and won $114,458 as the prize money.
In a dramatic comeback on the final day, Atthaya Thitikul, who was in a position to win her third LPGA title with the LPGA Thailand 2023, was delighted with her eight-under on the third day. She got off to a hot start and birdied four of the first five holes to make her intentions known early on that she was in it to win it.
She said afterwards, "I think mentally today I was pretty good. I did not overthink too much. I performed really well with my ball striking, and when I hit it solid like today, I gave myself chances to make a birdie. For me, I will just do my best tomorrow"
Tied-4 was the Sweden star Maja Stark who already has six LET titles and earned LPGA Tour membership through her victory at the 2022 World Invitational. She carded 17-under ( 66 - 67 - 69 - 69) taking $79,904 as the winning amount. With the same overall score, French professional golfer, Celine Boutier had a score of (68 - 66 - 67 - 70).
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