Thitikul Stages Spectacular Win!

There’s no stopping the precocious Thai teenage phenom, Atthaya Thitikul (pictured) as she stays in sharp focus to claim the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit for 2021.

This weekend, she captured her fourth Ladies European Tour title with strong finish in Switzerland ahead of Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord.

It was a fantastic come-from-behind fight back for the young Thai as she battled her way to victory at the Swiss Ladies Open

The 18-year-old carded a 6-under 66 in the third and final round to finish on 16-under 200 and edge out Norwegian Skarpnord by one shot.

Thitikul, who won the Czech Ladies Open in June, started the day four off the lead but moved into contention with four birdies on the front nine and added another gain at the 11th before making her only bogey at the 14th.

She moved into the outright lead by holing a 20-foot birdie putt at the 16th and followed that up at the 17th to secure the victory.

Besides leading the LET’s Order of Merit, she is also in the lead for the title of LET’s Rookie of the Year.

Swiss amateur Elena Moosmann (68) shared third place with her compatriot Kim Metraux (72) on 14-under.

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World Golf Expo 2022 – WGE 2022 Is Launched!

The World Golf Expo (WGE) is all set to go for 2022!

Billed as the biggest golf business extravaganza in the Asia Pacific, WGE 2022 will be staged in the capital city of Haikou on the island of Hainan.

The show dates are confirmed, and the event will be held over five days and the dates are November 12 – 16, 2022.

In announcing WGE 2022, Mike Sebastian, publisher of ASIAN GOLF and the executive producer of the event said, “We are pulling out all stops to make WGE 2022 the best showcase for golf in the Asia Pacific and we could not ask for a better suited venue to stage this epic event.”

WGE 2022 will be staged at the multi-billion-dollar facilities of the Mission Hills Resort in Haikou, voted the best golf resort in the world.

WGE 2022 is being jointly organised and produced by the Mission Hills Group, ASIAN GOLF and AIT Events.

The major components of WGE 2022 will be a three-day golf business summit, a three-day golf trade and consumer exhibition, the Global Golf Awards and the 2022 Amateur Super League.

“WGE 2022 promises to be a truly milestone event for golf in the Asia Pacific,” said Tenniel Chu, Chairman of the Joint Organising Committee. “It has all the components in place to help transform Haikou into the industry’s global hub for golf and we are all working hard to ensure that WGE 2022 provides good value for the trade and consumers alike.”

Special emphasis is being placed on making the exhibition component of WGE an event not to be missed. AIT Events, the company that used to produce the China Golf Expo has come on board to organise and stage the trade and consumer exhibition.

Commenting on the WGE Trade and Consumer Exhibition, Frank Xu, President of AIT Events said, “We are excited to be involved with WGE and we are confident that given our extensive experience in staging mega trade shows and exhibitions, WGE 2022’s Trade and Consumer Exhibition will be a resounding success.”

Full details of WGE 2022 will be announced soon.

World Golf Expo – Spearheading A Paradigm Shift For Golf!

World Golf Expo 2022 (WGE 2022) – The Total Golf Show!

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Europe Hands USA Home Ground Defeat!

Team Europe proved the pundits wrong when it went against all conventional thinking about a home-ground advantage to bring down Team USA to claim the 2021 Solheim Cup.

The final score was 15-13 with Team Europe proving that it has the best women golfers in the world!

This victory was a wire-to-wire win for the Europeans as they powered their way to retain the Solheim Cup – just its second victory on U.S. soil.

Europe started the final round, Monday’s singles by winning five of the first seven points. But the Americans came charging back to threaten a dramatic turnaround which sadly did not materialise.

Rookie Leona Maguire, the first Irishwoman to appear in the Solheim Cup, got the fire started by turning in a scorching finish to claim the first point from Monday’s 12 singles matches with an emphatic 5&4 win over Jennifer Kupcho. Her crushing win over Kupcho also saw her become only the third player in Solheim Cup history to earn her team more than four points in a single competition.

Maguire’s spectacular victory boosted the morale of Team Europe and its players gave no measure to the home team. Maguire, who was the only player from either side to feature in all five matches, recorded four and a half points overall, a record for a rookie.

In the other matches, Madelene Sagstrom beat America’s Ally Ewing while Celine Boutier edged out US rookie Mina Harigae to push Team Europe closer to their target of 14 points.

The clincher came when another rookie, the Flying Finn, Matilda Castren dumped American Lizette Salas with her par putt which guaranteed Europe had its fourth Solheim Cup win in its last six meetings with the Americans.

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Thitikul Is Right On Target!

If you’ve not heard the name Atthaya Thitikul (pictured), you better start bucking up on this kid’s background.

Thitikul is just 18-years old and as you may have already gathered, comes from the Kingdom of Thailand.

With the year fast approaching to an end, Thitikul is well on her way to claim glory as a world star on the Ladies European Tour. With three more tournaments to go on the Ladies European Tour, Thitikul ranks number one in the Order of Merit, number one in the Rookie Of The Year standing and number three on the Money List. All this while still a teenager!

The bubbly teenager signalled her imminent arrival on the world stage back in 2017 with her victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship. She had already appeared, 3 days after her 14th birthday, in the Honda LPGA Thailand on the LPGA Tour, where she finished 37th out of the 66 competitors. She had earned her place in the field when she finished runner-up in the Thailand Amateur Open the previous August when she was just 13 years and 6 months old.

Also in 2017, she won the Ladies European Thailand Championship  becoming the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event at age 14 years 4 months and 19 days old. The previous record belonged to Canadian Brooke Henderson who won the 2012 Canadian Women’s Tour aged 14 years, 9 months, and 3 days. Her amateur status meant that she could not claim the 1st prize of 45,000 euros for winning but it did get her an entry into both the Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship in France.

In 2018 Thitikul, just turned 15, she competed in the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship in Singapore where she went on to win the title. Her victory earned her a place in the HSBC Women’s Champions on the same course, plus entries into the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills, California and for a place in the British Open, for a second year running.

At the HSBC event, she finished in eighth place. At the Woman’s British Open, she was the low amateur, and the only one to make the cut. In the same year, she broke the course record at the World Junior Girls Championship  in Ottawa, with a score of 12-under-par 60 in the final round to win by 2 strokes. At the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, Thitikul teamed up to win the mixed team gold medal.

On 24 June, Thitikul won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years. Following her win, Thitikul was ranked 1st in the world on the women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking on 26 June and then again from October 2019 until January 2020 before turning professional.

In 2020 Thitikul turned professional and finished the season with 5 Thai LPGA wins and was on the top of the money list on the Thai LPGA Tour.

In May 2021, Thitikul received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Honda LPGA Thailand on the LPGA Tour, in which she finished second, one stroke behind former world number one Ariya Jutanugarn. Later, she began playing on the Ladies European Tour.

On 27 June, Thitikul claimed her third Ladies European Tour title, her first as a professional, at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open. This win made her eligible to play in European major tournaments, the Evian Championship and the British Open in 2021. On 12 July, she moved into the top 100 on the Women’s World Golf Rankings for the first time with a rank of 89, after finishing second at the Aramco Team Series – London.

On 25 July, Thitikul recorded her best-ever finish at a major championship with fifth place at the 2021 Evian Championship, having a score of 14-under par 270, and boosting her world ranking to its highest ever position of 61st place. On 15 August, she achieved her seventh consecutive top-five place on a Ladies European Tour event by finishing tied for second in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dumbarnie Links. Following the event, her world golf ranking moved to 35th place.

As of 29 August, she recorded ten top-10 finishes in 12 events during 2021 on both the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.

Don’t be surprised if Thitikul does not make it to the lofty position of World Number One in the not-too-distant future.

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Cantlay’s Laughing All The Way To The Bank!

Here’s a guy who started off the final round of the 2021 FedExCup Play-Off ranting about the scoring system in place for the series. After his put down of the scoring rules in play, he goes off to win the final tournament in the play-offs and claims the richest prize in professional golf.

The man in question is the rather low-profile Patrick Cantlay (pictured) – a man who does not display too much emotions when he plays golf. Just last week, he won the second leg of the play-offs, the BMW Championship which perched him in the pole position for the Tour Championship with a ten-point handicap which in itself is a huge advantage. That said, he played a steady golf and finished with a wire-to-wire win to pick up a whopper of a check for US$20 million!

The victory was no walk in the park for Cantlay who had the reigning world number one, Jon “Rambo” Rahm breathing down his neck. The 29-year-old American held his cool to ultimately prevail to win the Tour Championship and walk away with the FedEx Cup title.

This stunning win follows last week’s victory over Bryson DeChambeau when he won in a six-hole playoff.

Rahm started the final round with a six-stroke handicap, four behind Cantlay. He narrowed that lead and kept right behind Cantlay, making it a two-man battle to the end.

The winning score was 21-under par and after the win, Cantlay said: “It was tough, it definitely felt different than any other week. It was the longest lead I’ve ever held.” Cantlay is a first-time winner of the FedExCup, which was won by Dustin Johnson last season, and Rory McIlroy in 2019.

American Kevin Na came third (16-under), while Justin Thomas finished fourth (15-under), with Olympic champ Xander Schauffele and Norway’s Viktor Hovland tied for fifth one shot further back, and a shot ahead of Bryson DeChambeau at 13-under.

This is what the field of 30 players claimed from $46 million playoff pool:

1: $15,000,000 – Patrick Cantlay
2: $5,000,000 – Jon Rahm
3: $4,000,000 – Kevin Na
4: $3,000,000 – Justin Thomas
T5: $2,500,000 – Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland
6: $1,900,000
7: $1,300,000 – Bryson DeChambeau
8: $1,100,000 – Dustin Johnson
T9: $950,000 – Abraham Ancer, Billy Horschel
10: $830,000
T11. $750,000 – Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, Jason Kokrak
12. $705,000
13. $660,000
T14. $620,000 – Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Cameron Smith, Louis Oosthuizen
15. $595,000
16. $570,000
17. $550,000
T18. $535,000 – Harris English, Sam Burns
19. $520,000
T20. $505,000 – Sungjae Im, Jordan Spieth
21. $490,000
T22. $478,000 – Erik van Rooyen, Corey Conners, Scottie Scheffler
23: $466,000
24: $456,000
25: $445,000 – Patrick Reed
T26: $435,000 – Hideki Matsuyama, Stewart Cink, Collin Morikawa
27. $425,000
28: $415,000
29: $405,000 – Joaquin Niemann
30: $395,000 – Brooks Koepka (WD)

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What A Battle!

The play-off at the BMW Championship final round was a spellbinder. It was a play-off to upstage all play-offs!

The clash between two guys was pure drama – a reprise of a battle for going back to the gladiatorial days of the Roman Colosseum. There was only place for one guy, the ultimate winner!

And that winner was Patrick Cantlay (pictured) who duked it out shot for shot over the last two days with Bryson DeChambeau at the BMW Championship, the second tournament in the three-tournament FedExCup Play-offs.

The final round was an incredible competition of “show-me-what-you-got-and-I-will-better-that” bravado! It literally came down to that – shot for shot, both Cantlay and DeChambeau went at each other right through the 18-holes of regulation play only to end at stalemate at 27-under par.

The tie forced a sudden death play-off and this is where it became a gut-wrenching, nail-biting punch up that stretched out over 6-holes. Each player displayed total determination to win and this was evidenced by the way they slam-dunked the putts over five holes to remain in a dead heat. The crowd went wild at this never-say-die battle of golf that is not often seen at this level.

It was anybody’s game to win and the moment of truth presented itself at the 6th play-off hole. Cantlay landed on the green but was some distance away and no guarantee of a birdie. DeChambeau, was just about 9-feet away from the cup and it looked like a sure win for the man known as “The Scientist”. Up against such odds, Cantlay gathered himself and gave the ball a push that rolled it right into the cup for the birdie.

DeChambeau walked up to his shorter putt, gave the ball a tap and missed the cup. What a crying shame!

Four days of incredible golf only to be taken away by the man who played the game of his life – Patrick Cantlay, wins the BMW sudden death shoot-out.

This is the 29-year-old Cantlay’s third victory of the season, the most on the PGA Tour in 2021.

The win earned Cantlay US$1.71 million while DeChambeau banked in US$1.02 million.

With the victory, Cantlay secures the No. 1 seed heading into next week’s TOUR Championship that will decide the FedExCup Playoffs while DeChambeau will be in the third position with Tony Finau entering as the No. 2 seed.

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