Toshiro Hitomi of Japan won the 20,000 U.S. Dollar (8,600 Sterling) Thailand Open Golf Championship?
Toshiro Hitomi of Japan won the 20,000 U.S. Dollar (8,600 Sterling) Thailand Open Golf Championship on sunday (24 March) by a one-stroke margin. It was his first win in a major tournament in 10 years as a professional.
Hitomi, a lean, wiry 31-year-old professional from the Yugawara Country Club in Japan, posted a four round total of 291 to capture the 2,800 U.S. Dollar (1,000 sterling) first prize. He shot a three-over-par 75 on the final round.
Gaylord Burrows of the United States, New Zealand ???alt Godfrey, Hsu Chi San of Taiwan, Filipion Ireneo Legaspi, and Thailand's Prathana Ngarmprom shared the second prize with 1,520 U.S. Dollars (633 sterling) each.
A record field of 150 professionals from 13 countries entered this year's Thai Open, the sixth leg of the Asian Golf Circuit.
Scores soared high the final round as an early afternoon rainstorm drenched the rolling 7,146 yard (6,534-metre) Bangphra course, situated about 75 miles (180 kms) southeast of Bangkok.
Kitomi, teeing off in the last group on Sunday, found the going tough. He three-putted the third and two-putted the fifth and sixth holes for three bogies on the first nine. He then dropped two more strokes on the last nine with bogies on the 15th and 18th.
SYNOPSIS: The final round of the 10th Thailand Open Golf Championships got under way on Sunday with Ben Arda of the Philippines and Robert Taylor of Australia among the contenders for this year's title.
A record field of 150 professionals from 13 countries entered the tournament, the sixth leg of the Asian Golf Circuit.
Surkee Onsham of Thailand -- finishing six strokes behind the leader -- had a good final round.
But Ted Ball of Australia, with a three-under-par 69 in the second round, faded on Sunday with a six-over-par 78.
Scores in the final round were high as an early afternoon rainstorm drenched the rolling Bangphra course. Thailand's Pradhana Ngamprom shot a 76, but still managed to tie for second place.
Playing in the last two-some was Eleuterio Nival of the Philippines, winner of this year's Indonesian Open.
His partner, Toshiro Ritomi of Japan, also had trouble. Missing a short putt, he took a bogey on the 18th. But his three-over-par 75 was enough to win him the championship by one stroke.
For the 31-year-old, Hitoni, the 20,000 U.S. Dollar Thai Open was his first win in ten years as a professional.