Hot putter helps Sarit to triumph

Hot putter helps Sarit to triumph

Sarit Suwannarut poses with the trophy.
Sarit Suwannarut poses with the trophy.

Sarit Suwannarut fired a stunning 65 in the final round to win by a shot at the Singha Classic yesterday.

Trailing the leader by four shots after three rounds at the two-million-baht tournament, Sarit enjoyed a bogey-free round, firing six birdies at the par-71 Royal Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Nakhon Nayok.

His aggregate of 14-under 270 was one ahead of Kim Joo-Hyung (66), Kasidit Lepkrute (68) and overnight leader Poosit Supramai (70).

It was the second title on the All Thailand Golf Tour for Sarit, who won the Singha Pattaya Open in 2016. He took home 300,000 baht and five world ranking points. Kim, Kasidit and Poosit each got 130,667 baht in the 7th leg of the Tour.

"My wait is over. I have waited for the title for a long time. I have struggled with an injury and a minor accident of late," said Sarit, who won the 2016 edition as an amateur.

"I have gradually improved this year. Before entering the tournament I played on the course and got quite familiar with its layout and felt confident."

Sarit credited his caddie and also his putter for a victory.

"I changed my putter and it worked really well. My caddie also made me feel more comfortable. My goal this year is to win a big tournament in the country so that I can be eligible for a bigger tour."

Nirun Sae-ueng closed with a 68 to finish fifth on 10 under.

Defending champion Kamalas Namuangruk made a 74 for five-under and shared 16th position. The 2015 winner, Kosuke Hamamoto, was a stroke behind following his 72.

ATGT money leader Sadom Kaewkanjana, who has two titles under his belt, struggled to a 78 and finished tied for 30th at two under.

The next leg of the ATGT will be the Singha all Thailand Championship at the Suwan Golf & Country Club, Nakhon Pathom on June 13-16.

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