Thitikul, aged 14 years, 4 months & 19 days, carded an even-par 72 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya to finish 5-under.
Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul becomes youngest winner on Ladies European Tour
Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul made history on Sunday by winning the Ladies European Tour’s Thailand Championship to become the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event.
Thitikul, who turned 14 in February, carded an even-par 72 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya to finish on 5-under for the tournament – two shots ahead of Mexico’s Ana Menendez.
A Thai National Team member, Thitikul entered the final round one shot off Menendez, but rebounded from a bogey on the first to birdie the 7th. Another dropped shot on the ninth did not derail her, though, as she picked up a shot on the par-4 15th before holding her nerve to come home with three straight pars.
At 14 years, 4 months & 19 days, Thitikul breaks the record of Canada's Brooke Henderson, who won a Canadian Women's Tour event in 2012 aged 14 years, 9 months and 3 days. Before Thitikul’s triumph on Sunday, Lydia Ko held the record for youngest victor on the Ladies European Tour, at 15 years, nine months and 17 days.