Thanachot survives meltdown

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 August, 2006, 12:00am

Despite an error-strewn final round of 83, Thanachot Tandavas hung on to win the MacGregor Hong Kong Junior Open Championship at a windswept Discovery Bay Golf Club yesterday.

Thanachot finished on a two-day total of nine-over-par 153, one stroke ahead of a group of four players including local favourite Steven Lam Tsz-fung.

'Words can't express how happy I am,' said a visibly relieved Thanachot who had watched his four-shot overnight lead evaporate down the closing stretch. 'I didn't play well, but I did enough. I was very nervous playing the final few holes and I was a little lucky. It feels great to win.'

The 16-year-old Thai's erratic play meant that any of the top six players had a chance of taking home the Dr George Choa Cup.

Thirteen-year-old Lam, who was looking to become the first home winner of the event in nearly a decade, faltered on the back nine, with two double bogeys and four bogeys. Thanachot's playing partner, Muhammed Arie Fauzi, could have forced a play-off but missed a five-foot par putt on the 18th.