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Sutijet amazing 12-under in final round secured his victory
Sutijet Kooratanapisan played one of the best rounds ever in this country when he shot an amazing 12-under-par 60 to win the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Palm Resort Championship by one stroke today.
The Thai player carved out a one-shot victory over hometown number one Danny Chia, who himself will feel aggrieved after shooting a third and final round eight-under 64, and still fail to win the RM200,000 event at Palm Resort Golf & Country Club in Johor.
The tournament, which was co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and carried world rankings points, was reduced to 54 holes because of inclement weather earlier in the week. But Sutijet did not let that affect him or his game and he blitzed the Palm Resort with a performance that will take some beating.
from 3 strokes behind- breezed pass Danny
Having started the last day three shots off Chia’s pace at the top of the leaderboard, Sutijet went on a birdie charge from the 2ndhole as he strung together five on the trot. He added another two birdies at the 8th and 9th hole to make the turn in seven-under-par.
What a form -eagled the par-5 16th
But he wasn’t finished yet. He birdied the 13th hole, added another at the 15th and then eagled the par-5 16th before signing for a 10th in his round at the 17th hole.
That blemish-free showing will be hard to beat – anywhere on this Tour – even with preferred lies as they had today.
A Course record
It was the lowest round on a par-72 course on the Tour. The previous best mark was a 61, shot by Shaifubari Muda at the I&P Group Closed Championship in 2014.
Chia, who will almost certainly have won on another day with round like his, had only one bogey his card – at the par-4 5th hole. But he also had an eagle at the par-5 3rd and seven birdies.
Wining is a result of f joy and not a strategic effort while at play
Sutijet’s triumph might not have come as a total surprise, but he wasn’t thinking of winning.
“I didn’t think about winning the tournament, even after it was reduced to 54 holes. I just stayed focus from the start and played it one hole at a time.
“Also, I was in a group with two other Thai players so I didn’t feel any extra pressure,” said Sutijet.
“I have been trying to win since I joined the Asian Development Tour last year and so I am very happy right now.
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“I saw so many Thai players win and now I have finally joined them,” he added.
Sutijet conceded that the thought of a round of 59 did cross his mind when he birdied the 17th hole and added that he was “disappointed to miss a makeable birdie” on the last hole.
“I played well and had a chance to shoot a 59. I was sad that I missed the birdie chance on 18 but I am happy that I still won the tournament,” said Sutijet, who picked up a cheque worth RM35,000.
Meanwhile, Chia, said: “Today I lost to a better player. Hats off to Sutijet for shooting a great score.
“Looking back at it, I didn’t play poorly but I lost to someone who enjoyed a great day of golf – shooting a 60.
“Also, I earned some world ranking points which is very important as one of my aims is to try and qualify for the Rio Olympics,” added Chia.
Thailand’s powerful presence in the event was highlighted by four of their players in the top-five.
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Suradit Yongcharoenchai shot a 65 to on 17-under 199, while Pavit Tangkamolprasert had a 64 and was fourth, another shot back on 200. Itthipat Buranatanyarat, meanwhile, finished fifth having carded an eight-under 64 of his own, which left him on 14-under 202.
Joint sixth were Singapores Koh Deng Shan (67) and Oscar Zetterwall of Sweden. They finished on 13-under 203 and tied for sixth place.
Nirun Sae-Ueng (67), Panuwat Muenlek (69) and Jakraphan Premsirigorn (71) finished in a three-way tie for eighth place, yet another stroke adrift on 12-under 204.
Leading Final Scores
193 Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Tha) 65-68-60
194 Danny Chia (Mas) 66-64-64
199 Suradit Yongcharoenchai (Tha) 70-64-65
200 Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha) 68-68-64
202 Itthipat Buranatanyarat (Tha) 68-70-64
203 Koh Deng Shan (Sin) 67-69-67, Oscar Zetterwall (Swe) 67-65-71
204 Nirun Sae-Ueng (Tha) 69-68-67, Panuwat Muenlek (Tha) 68-67-69, Jakraphan Premsirigorn (Tha) 65-68-71
205 Donlaphatchai Niyomchon (Tha) 68-67-70
206 Mathiam Keyser (SA) 69-69-68
207 Wisut Artjanawat (Tha) 69-69-69
208 Johnson Poh (Sin) 65-76-67, Nick Sherwood (US) 67-74-67, Nicolas Paez (US) 69-70-69, Thammanoon Sriroj (Tha) 69-70-69, Gavin Green (Mas) 73-66-69
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