Tirawat claims stylish win

Chonburi, Thailand, July 2: Tirawat Kaewsiribandit of Thailand battled through a back injury to claim a stylish three-shot victory at the Betagro All Thailand Championship on Sunday.

The 27-year-old posted a flawless six-under-par 64, thanks to three closing birdies, to defeat countryman Suradit Yongcharoenchai (66) for his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the Laem Chabang International Country Club.

A03Y3174Tirawat’s winning total of 23-under-par 257 earned him US$13,262 and six Official World Golf Ranking points. The victory also moved him to fourth place on the ADT Order of Merit.

Panuphol Pittayarat and Danthai Boonma of Thailand settled for tied third place following a 64 and 66 respectively at the three million Baht (approximately US$87,209) ADT event.

The talented Tirawat struggled with a back injury which forced him to withdraw from last week’s Taifong Open on the ADT. He overcame the pain barrier this week after going through regular physiotherapy.

“My lower back and leg is very tired so I had to go for a lot of treatment this week. I’m glad I managed to finish the tournament with a trophy. I’m so happy with how I won,” said the ecstatic Tirawat.

He posted three straight birdies from the second hole and needed a long birdie putt on the 16th hole to end the tournament on a winning note.

“I was nervous,” Tirawat admits. “After my early birdies I was trying so hard to make more birdies. I hit a lot of greens in regulation but I couldn’t putt. I was just waiting for the next birdie to come and it did on 16. After that I finished with two more birdies,” he added.

“This is a great win for me. I feel very happy because it is my first ADT win and now I’m closer to securing an Asian Tour card for 2018. I hope I can maintain this winning form and stay inside the top-five on the Order of Merit,” said Tirawat.

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Leading final round scores:A03Y3101

257 – Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA) 67 62 64 64

260 – Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 63 65 66 66

261 – Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 65 69 63 64, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 66 64 65 66

262 – Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 66 64 68 64, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 64 64 67 67

266 – Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA) 65 67 69 65, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 65 65 70 66, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 65 67 68 66, John CATLIN (USA) 69 69 62 66, Janne KASKE (FIN) 68 64 67 67, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 68 66 65 67, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 67 66 64 69

268 – Jaturon DUANGPHAICHOOM (THA) 66 70 66 66, Udorn DUANGDECHA (THA) 68 70 63 67

269 – Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 65 69 68 67, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 71 66 65 67, Peradol PANYATHANASEDH (THA) 71 62 68 68, Blake SNYDER (USA) 67 66 67 69, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 68 66 66 69

Ends.

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.