Tvesa, Diksha way down as Rashid in Top-10 at unique Mixed event in Pattaya

Ratchanon, Diksha Dagar (Top inset) and Tvesa Malik (Bottom Inset)

Pattaya, Thailand, April 10: Rashid Khan rounded off a satisfactory week at the US$750,000 Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup with a Top-10 finish as he carded 3-under 69 on the final day. He was the best among the Indians in this unique event where men and women played together.

The other Indian men who made the cut were Ajeetesh Sandhu (72) was T-30, while S Chikkarangappa (72) and Viraj Madappa (70) were T-39.

The two Indian women in the fray, Diksha Dagar (74) and Tvesa Malik (76), whom made the cut finished T-65 and T-68.

For Rashid this was the second Top-10 of 2022 after finishing T-6 at the Royals Cup and he was also T-23 at the DGC Open.

Ratchanon Chantananuwat, Thailand’s teenage golf sensation, claimed the US$750,000 Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup – to become the youngest male player to win on one of the game’s major Tours. The 15-year-old amateur –– fired a seven-under-par 65 to finish on 20 under and beat Korean Joohyung Kim by two shots at Siam Country Club’s Waterside Course.

Kim, aged 19, returned a 64 while American lefthander Paul Peterson and Bio Kim from Korea ended third one stroke behind after firing 68 and 69 respectively.

Ratchanon at 15 years old and 37 days old improved upon the previous best youngest winner mark set by Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa, who was 15 years and eight months when won the Japan Tour’s 2007 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.

And on the Asian Tour Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil had been the previous youngest champion, having claimed the 2005 Double A International Open when he was 17 years and five days old.

He said, “I got to be honest, I got pretty lucky, I had hit two or three terrible drives. I saw that [Kim eagled 10] and was not surprised, he pulls off that stuff all the time. It put pressure on me but I tried not to look at it too much. I definitely have a lot of people to thank.”

The rising star, who studies at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, has no plans to turn professional and will compete in the upcoming SEA Games in Vietnam.

Kim, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, had the consolation of receiving the US$135,000 winners’ cheque.

Four-time Asian Tour winner John Catlin from the United States returned a 67 to finish in outright fifth, while in a tie for sixth was 17-year-old Chanoknan Angurasaranee from Thailand.

The US$750,000 tournament marked the first time the Asian Tour have staged a mixed event, as it is being jointly sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour (LET).

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