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Thailand has a new champion to cheer today as golfer Pornanong "Waen" Phatlum of Chaiyaphum wins her first title on the tough US-based LPGA tour.
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Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand lifts the winner's trophy of the LPGA Brazil Cup.
Pornanong celebrates a birdie putt on the eighth hole with her brother/caddie Pornpong Phatlum during the final round of the LPGA Brazil Cup.
It has taken a while, but Pornanong "Waen" Phatlum of Chaiyaphum is now a champion on the tough US-based Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour.
On Sunday, the 22-year-old won the LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup exhibition event, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over Taiwan's Amy Hung.
It was her first win on the LPGA and, by far, her biggest payday. She takes home $108,000 (3.3 million baht) for her victory, which should be a big help with her favourite hobby: shopping.
"I'm so excited today," Pornanong said. "I played really well today and I played my own game. I'm just very happy. ... I very much liked coming to play here. Everybody was very nice. I love to play here. I will come back here."
Her brother, Pornpong, also a professional golfer, caddied for her.
"We just had fun today and my caddie, my brother, helped me to concentrate," Pornanong said. "He helped me to focus on my game and kept me in the round."
Pornanong said the toughest part of the victory was the difficult greens. "That, and it's a very narrow golf course," she said. "I just had to concentrate on my target."
Pornanong finished at 13-under 133 in the two-day, 30-player tournament at Itanhanga Golf Club.
Pornanong entered the final round of the unofficial event tied for the lead with Karine Icher at 7-under-par. She got off to a hot start on Sunday with five birdies on the front nine en route to running away with the tournament.
Hung made nine birdies and a bogey for a 65, the lowest round at the event.
Paula Creamer eagled the par-five ninth hole, but had two bogeys on the back nine to shoot a 69 for a share of third place with Chella Choi at eight-under.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
tough – difficult to do or succeed; difficult to deal with ยาก ยากลำบาก
professional – doing something as a paid job rather than as a hobby ที่ทำเป็นอาชีพ
exhibition – (of a sporting event) not officially counted in a long-running sport competition, such as a golf tour
bogey – (in golf) a score of 1 stroke more than the standard score for a hole (= 1 over par 1 คะแนนเกินพาร์ในกีฬากอล์ฟ
favourite – something you like the best of all similar things ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด
hobby – an activity that you do for pleasure when you are not working งานอดิเรก
caddy – to carry the golf clubs for another player ถือถุงกอล์ฟให้ผู้เล่นกอล์ฟ
concentration – the process of giving all your attention to something ความตั้งอกตั้งใจ,ความเอาใจใส่
focus – to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another เพ่งความสนใจ
narrow – not wide; having a small distance from one side to the other, especially in comparison with the length แคบ
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played and the winner is decide การแข่งขัน
unofficial – not formally counted (in this case, because only two rounds are played instead of the normal four) ไม่เป็นทางการ
tied – having the same score ได้แต้มหรือคะแนนเท่ากัน, เสมอกัน
birdie – (in golf) a score of 1 stroke less than the standard score for a hole (= one under par ) 1 คะแนนต่ำกว่าพาร์ในกีฬากอล์ฟ
en route to – on the way towards
run away with – to easily win a competition
eagle – (in golf) a score of two strokes less than the standard score for a hole (= two under par ) 2 คะแนนต่ำกว่าพาร์ในกีฬากอล์ฟ