BANGKOK – Pornanong Phatlum fired a solid 70 to beat overnight leader Thidapa Suwannapura by one stroke in the final round of the
Bt1.5 million Thailand LPGA Masters at the Panya Indra Golf Club yesterday.
Going into the final round a shot behind Thidapa, the former national No 1 shrugged off a slow start to fire three birdies in the last three holes to finish with a 70. A late birdie on the 17th hole saw Pornanong level with Thidapa with eight under par before a finishing birdie propelled her to the victory with a nine-under-par 207.
“I’m so happy to win this tournament which is my first time since joining the local LPGA this year,” said Pornanong who picked up the wining prize money of Bt260,000.
“I was trying to shoot low scores but it never happened until on the back nine. This is a good boost for me before the Canadian Open next week,” added Pornanong, who leaves for North America this morning for the US$2 Million CN Canadian Open, which starts on Thursday at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Alberta.
Thidapa who traded two bogies against two birdies for a final round of 72 finished second with a total eight-under-par 208. Trailing three shots behind was Pavarisa Yoktuan who carded a 71 and a total 211.