BANGKOK (AFP) – Englishman Lee Westwood shot a final round five-under 67 to secure a smash and grab one shot victory in a thrilling finale to the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Sunday.
It was the second time Westwood has won the trophy, having notched a wire-to-wire-victory at the Amata Spring Country Club course in 2011.
The tournament turned into a dramatic three-way battle on the back nine between Westwood and two players in the final group behind him, overnight leader Marcus Fraser of Australia and Germany’s Martin Kaymer.
It was a hugely frustrating day for Fraser who played steadily for a round of 70, and led or was joint leader the entire time until dropping a shot at the final hole.
In a nail-biting finish, Westwood had to watch from the clubhouse as Kaymer, who shot 68, was unable to sink the birdie he needed at the 18th to force a play-off and then Fraser missed his par putt, handing the Englishman victory with a total eight-under-par. England’s Tommy Fleetwood took fourth place, five-under for the tournament with Australia’s Scott Hend a shot behind.
Local hero Thongchai Jaidee fired a 68 to join Jonathan Moore of the USA and India’s Anirban Lahiri in sixth place.
Westwood’s victory was all he more spectacular given that he bogeyed the first two holes.