Young Atthaya wins 2020 Order of Merit

Young Atthaya wins 2020 Order of Merit

Atthaya Thitikul poses with the trophy after winning the eighth event on the Thai LPGA Tour.
Atthaya Thitikul poses with the trophy after winning the eighth event on the Thai LPGA Tour.

Teenage sensation Atthaya Thitikul claimed her fourth title as a professional after cruising to a four-shot victory at the Singha Thai LPGA Championship in Prachin Buri on Saturday.

Taking a four-stroke lead heading into the final round, the 17-year-old hit a five-under-par 67 to finish on 201 at Kabin Buri Sports Club in the eighth tournament of the 2020 Thai LPGA Tour season.

Kultida Pramphun, 19, also shot a 67 to finish second on 205 in the one-million baht event.

Amateur Tunrada Piddon was third on 208.

Atthaya, who picked up five birdies in a bogey-free round, sealed her third straight win and fourth overall on the Thai LPGA Tour in eight appearances.

"I am happy with the win. I am satisfied with my improvement since turning pro in February," said the Ratchaburi native who won twice on the Ladies European Tour when she was amateur.

"But there is still room for improvement."

Atthaya took home 120,000 baht in prize money and was crowned the 2020 Order of Merit winner with a total earnings of 697,650 baht.

Kultida received 69,000 baht.

The next tournament, of which prize money is not counted in the Order of Merit, is the four-million-baht Thailand LPGA Masters which will be held on Nov 18-20 at Watermill Golf and Resort in Nakhon Nayok.

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