Previous world primary Atthaya, ends up 3rd

Natthakritta Vongtaveelap of Thailand is consoled by her caddy on the 18th hole throughout the 4th round of the 2023 Honda LPGA Thailand golf competition at the Siam Nation Club in Pattaya on Sunday. (AFP picture)

American Lilia Vu nabbed the LPGA Thailand prize from Thai novice Natthakritta Vongtaveelap, scoring a one-shot triumph after a helter-skelter last round on Sunday.

The Californian had actually reasonably just remained in contention for a top-five surface as gamers teed off in gusty headwinds at the Siam Nation Club in Pattaya however carded an eight-under-par last round of 64 to win.

Natthakritta, 20, had actually likewise struck a 64 in Saturday’s 3rd round to keep the competition lead however the title slipped from her grasp with a one-under closing round of 71.

Vu’s fortunes altered at the 8th hole, where she struck the very first of 5 successive birdies.

That established the 25-year-old for a winning 22-under-par overall of 266, her very first Rolex LPGA trip triumph that included cash prize of $255,000.

” The other day I was believing– my father was informing me one excellent round tomorrow and I might win. That’s all I kept considering,” she stated.

Vu nearly stumbled at the challenging 17th hole prior to righting herself to conserve par and keep her narrow lead.

” Today I essentially simply blacked out and attempted to birdie every hole,” she stated.

” I constantly wish to win when I’m out here,” she stated. “I simply wished to permit it to occur and it lastly did.”

It was a bitter end to an excellent efficiency for Natthakritta, who came out of relative obscurity after getting a competition invite from a sponsor.

She had actually gotten a shock lead by the middle of the competition with succeeding rounds of 65 and 64 in front of passionate regional advocates.

Natthakritta began 6 shots clear of Vu, and 2 ahead of her nearby competitor, compatriot Atthaya Thitikul, however extreme nerves betrayed her on a scorecard that consisted of 4 bogeys and a double bogey.

There was a twinkle of wish for Natthakritta with a steadying par at the 13th, followed by a distinctive birdie at the par-three 14th.

Nevertheless, it was far too late to stop Vu’s stable development through the back 9 after her earlier birdie blitz.

Atthaya, a previous world primary and runner-up in the 2021 competition, ended up third after a final-round 68.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko played strong if unexciting golf to move silently up the scoreboard.

However the New Zealander was reversed by a double-bogey and bogey surface on the last 2 holes to card a 69 for a share of 6th.

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