Hail Queen Atthaya!
She’s done it! The young golf-phenom has brought fame and glory to her nation Thailand and in the process, she has again validated the power and skill of Asia’s burgeoning corp of female professional golfers.
Since her early teens, she had shown promise that she was destined to be a force to be reckoned with on the world stage of golf. She has arrived!
Thailand’s 18-year-old golf sensation, Atthaya Thitikul was crowned the winner of the Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit for 2021 – the Race To Costa Del Sol. This is a huge deal considering that the LET is Europe’s premier professional golf tour where the best on that continent ply their game.
Thitikul clinched the historic win after rounding off another successful week on Tour with a second-place finish at the Saudi Ladies International played in Jeddah.
She battled the eventual winner of the Saudi tournament with the former world number one, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko.
Elated after being crowned Europe’s best player, Thitikul said, “I just did my best out there today with every single shot, but Lydia was absolutely brilliant.” The four-time winner on the LET added, “I learned a lot from her today, Lydia Ko has one of the best short games ever, her putting was brilliant, and every approach shot she played this week, I can definitely learn to get better from her.”
Although she finished second to Ko, the Thai ace has an unassailable lead in the 2021 Race to Costa del Sol with 3,264.46 points to her name.
“It’s an honour and it’s a really amazing feeling to win the Race to Costa del Sol this year in my rookie season as well, words can’t really describe it,” she exclaimed.
By clinching the coveted Race To Costa Del Sol, Thitikul has become the youngest ever winner of the title.