Chan Shih-chang celebrates last victory in Phuket – GOLF Sports

Taiwan’s Chan Shih-chang won the last hole in the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship on Sunday.

Chan won his third tour victory in the final round 68 to finish 18 in the tournament par, clearing South Korea’s Kim Joo-hyun and Thailand’s Sadom Keukanjana with a single blow.

Sadom strangled and Chan finished 18th in par 4, but couldn’t count his home advantage and sent a rough tee shot, dropping a shot at the crucial moment.

“It’s impossible, it’s great!” Chang, who won the last Asian Tour, said he won the 2016 Asia Pacific Diamond Cup in Japan.

“I’m very happy to be back after the problems everyone had with Covid. My front nine wasn’t very good, but the nine eagle turned things around.”

Chan was a co-overnight leader with Sea One Kim, but Sunday’s pedestrian start left an American three-shot drift on the turn, even after the ninth eagle.

However, at the age of 35, he proved his spirit with a ferocious back nine featuring four consecutive birdies to set up a shootout for the final hole with Sadom.

“I thought that if I could go to the tee first and hit it on the fairway, I could put some pressure on Sadom,” Chan said. “I hit it to the left rough, but Sadom remained in the rough.”

The Thai missed a 12-foot putt for Par, and Chan nervously sank himself and demanded a $ 180,000 winner’s check.

After that, he thanked his little son.

“It’s my second win since my boy arrived eight months ago. I think it’s baby’s luck!” He said.

The $ 1 million tournament on the popular Thai holiday island of Phuket was the first Asian Tour tee-off since the Malaysia Open in March 2020.

Players will move to Phuket’s Laguna Phuket Championship next week and head to Singapore for two more events in January to conclude the longest season in Asian Tour history.

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– GOLF Sports

Chan Shih-chang celebrates last victory in Phuket Chan Shih-chang celebrates last victory in Phuket

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