Thailand’s Danthai Boonma edged Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung by one shot to win the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National in Singapore.
Danthai emerged triumphant after carding a final 69 for a winning total of two-under-par 282. He and Fung were the only players to finish under-par after four rounds on the infamously difficult World Classic Course
From the start of the week, the 19-year-old Danthai 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, the rookie professional was clearly elated with his breakthrough victory on the Asian Tour.
“I’m so excited and happy that I’m now a champion on the Asian Tour,” exclaimed Danthai, who took home US$135,000 from the total purse of US$750,000.
“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.
Fung’s challenge for his first Asian Tour title effectively came to an end at the par-four 16th 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.
RESULTS (top 10 and ties)
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.