HUA HIN – Australia’s Andrew Dodt clinched the $US2 million ($A2.58 million) Thailand Classic by one shot on Sunday from home favourite Thongchai Jaidee and overnight leader Scott Hend.
Five birdies in a flawless final-round 67 at the Black Mountain course in Hua Hin left him 16 under for the tournament to claim his first win since 2010.
It was enough to edge him ahead of Thai star Thongchai, who was well set until a horrible double-bogey on 13 left him playing catch up for the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour title.
Thongchai finished with 71 for the day and 273 overall, level with third-round leader Scott Hend – who was left to rue bogeys on hole 7, 14 and 18 to go round in 72.
Dodt has been in dismal form since winning the Avantha Masters in India in 2010. He lost his European Tour card in 2013 and had to endure qualifying school last November.
“I’m speechless – it’s just come out of nowhere,” the stunned 29-year-old said, according to a European Tour release.
“I played really well yesterday and today but I just didn’t think I’d come out on top,” he added.
“To be honest, losing my card was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. I went home last year, spent 12 months at home, played the Asian Tour again, found myself again, found my game and to be in the winner’s circle again – it’s unbelievable.”
Early pace-setter Miguel Angel Jimenez endured a poor day, finishing one over after blundering through the front nine. He drifted to 13 under for the tournament, three shots off the lead, alongside Spanish compatriot Carlos Pigem, Sweden’s Johan Carlsson and Wade Ormsby of Australia.