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Phachara triumphs

Thailand’s Phachara Kongwatmai took home his first Asian Tour victory yesterday, claiming the Laguna Phuket Championship after fending off two fellow countrymen and South Korea’s Bi-o Kim by a single shot. Phachara’s 10-under par 270 came after he holed a 12-foot par putt on the 18th, eking out a win with Kim, Panuphol Pittayarat and Denwit Boriboonsub hot on his heels. “I feel very happy and very excited for this year... (I’ve) been waiting for about six years,” he said. “Right now it is my time and I feel great.” The young Thai star sprang on the golf scene in 2013, winning at the Singha Hua Hin Open as a 14-year-old amateur. In 2015, he won twice during the Asian Development Tour, but the pandemic halted his seemingly unstoppable ascent. The US$1-million tournament on the popular Thai holiday island marks the second Asian Tour tee-off since the Malaysian Open in March 2020. Last week Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang sealed a last-hole victory at the Blue Canyon Phuket event. The players will head to Singapore for two more events in January to finally round off the longest season in Asian Tour history.


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