Danthai conjures winning formula #WorldClassic

Sun 15 Nov 2015

Danthai conjures winning formula #WorldClassic

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Singapore, November 15: Danthai Boonma’s cautious and patient strategy proved to be the winning formula when he emerged triumphant after carding a final two-under-par 69 at the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National on Sunday.
The young Thai was one of only two players to have broken par after four days of punishing and tense battle with the region’s heavyweights at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
Danthai Boonma of Thailand Danthai Boonma of Thailand
Danthai’s winning total of two-under-par 282 was enough to give him a slender one-shot victory over Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, who was the other player to end the week with a red number.
Korea’s Jeunghun Wang signed off with a 69 to finish in third place ahead of Australia’s Sam Brazel who secured fourth place with his 285 total.
From the start of the week, the 19-year-old, who won two gold medals at the 2012 South East Asia (SEA) Games, always knew it was going to be a tight contest at the World Classic Course, dubbed ‘Asia’s toughest test’ because of its treacherous slopes and tricky greens.
After emerging as the last man standing, Danthai, who is playing in his first year as a professional, was clearly elated with his breakthrough victory on the region’s premier Tour.
“I’m so excited and happy that I’m now a champion on the Asian Tour,” exclaimed Danthai, who took home the winner’s prize purse of US$135,000.
“I didn’t want to think too much about winning the tournament during my front nine especially after dropping a shot there.  But after making three birdies in four holes after the turn, I started to believe that this could be my week,” added the Thai.
AK3_1877Fung’s challenge at the World Classic Championship effectively came to an end at the par-four 16 where he three-putted for a bogey.
“The hole that cost me the title this week was the 16th hole where I missed a two-foot putt to save par.
“I knew Danthai was ahead of me by one after that but I also knew there were still birdie opportunities on 17 and 18,” said Fung.
After making par on 17, the Malaysian had another chance to pile the pressure on Danthai on 18 where a birdie would have forced a play-off. However a poor putt meant he had to settle for a runner-up spot.
“I misjudged my putt on 18 where I should have hit the ball slightly to the right. But it’s okay.  This may not be my week but I’m still proud I managed to prove myself under such challenging conditions. This is golf. What’s yours will be yours one day,” said Fung.
Jeunghun Wang of Korea Jeunghun Wang of Korea
Wang enjoyed his best result on the Asian Tour this year with his third-place finish and believes his game can only get better following his performance at the Lion City.
“Actually I didn’t even think I would be able to post such a good score this week. This is my first visit to Singapore and also the first time I’m playing on this golf course, which is not easy.
“I’m so happy now and I just want to keep going next week and try my best again. If anything, I need to work on the mental aspect of my game,” said Wang.
Leading Scores after round 4 of the World Classic Championship being played at the par 71, 6935 Yards Laguna National GcC course (am - denotes amateur):
282 - Danthai BOONMA (THA) 72-69-72-69.
283 - Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 74-67-70-72.
284 - Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 69-75-71-69.
285 - Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 69-74-72-70.
286 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 71-71-77-67, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 73-73-70-70, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 76-69-69-72.
287 - Scott BARR (AUS) 69-71-76-71, Danny CHIA (MAS) 73-72-70-72.
288 - Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 79-68-68-73.
290 - Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 74-69-74-73, Josh YOUNGER (AUS) 73-71-72-74, Akinori TANI (JPN) 74-74-67-75, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 71-69-74-76, Paul PETERSON (USA) 71-73-70-76, Berry HENSON (USA) 70-70-73-77.
291 - Daniel CHOPRA (SWE) 75-73-72-71, Soomin LEE (KOR) 75-71-72-73, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 72-73-70-76.
Ends.
About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs, boasting two eighteen-hole championship courses that have won prestigious accolades and hosted international championships including the European Tour’s Singapore Masters, Korean LPGA-ADT Caps Tour Championship and European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, The Championship at Laguna National.
A multi-million dollar facelift is underway to develop a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club and a 208-room and villa branded hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, a fitness centre, as well as Member-exclusive areas with private locker rooms, Members’ lounges and country club facilities.
Strategically located in proximity to the airport, beach, malls and with a multimillion private clubhouse and hotel underway, golfers will find the world at their fingertips, here at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
About The World Classic Course
Designed and built by Dye Designs, World Classic—touted as Asia’s Toughest Test, draws inspiration from many of the world's best known holes and course designs. Golfers will inevitably find themselves facing similar shots to those played on the famous links courses of the British Isles, or the championship layouts found along coastal North America. The course is rated 165 on the Slope Rating System and 76.9 from the championship tees at a yardage of 7,350.
This course offers different challenges every time out requiring golfers to exhibit carefully planned club selection and determine if the risk/ reward is right for their game that day. Thoughtfully placed tee shots set up highly challenging approach angles to generous greens, which often feature three or more tiers. Where you hit your ball on the World Classic greens is just as important as how far you hit your tee shot.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.