Golf: Panuphol wins Indonesia Open

Panuphol Pittayarat holds the Indonesia Open trophy.

Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat clinched victory and a $54,000 cheque in the rain-hit Indonesia Open after completing 25 holes on Sunday.

Panuphol finished with a lead of five strokes, moving him up to 14th place in the Order of Merit.

In the final round, the 24-year-old shot three birdies – and one bogey – for an outward 34, giving him a one-shot edge over fellow Thai Tirawat Kaewsiribandit.

But Panuphol picked up his pace with three straight birdies from the 10th hole and two more in his final five, leaving him with a last-round 65 – a total of 23-under-par 265 – at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.

“I tried to play every hole the same way and not think about the result and it works!” he told the  Asian Tour.

“I will keep that mentality going into the next couple of tournaments.”

In second place, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit said he was pleased for his compatriot.

“I am very happy. I know Panuphol is a very good player so I just played my own game and I tried my best. My putting on my back nine was not very good, but overall, I did well,” he said.

Two more Thai golfers, Jazz Janewattananond and Namchok Tantipokhakul, shared third place on 273.

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