Dream come true: Chan Shih-chang wins first Asian Tour title in King’s Cup
Taiwanese secures two-shot victory in Pattaya, Thailand as he finishes in front of compatriot Lin Wen-tang and realises his dream of winning on the tour
Taiwan’s Chan Shih-chang clinched his maiden Asian Tour title after a closing 67 secured a two-shot victory over compatriot Lin Wen-tang at the King’s Cup on Sunday.
Chan went into the final round with a one-shot lead and the 30-year-old mixed six birdies with three bogeys to claim the title on 12-under at the Phoenix Gold Golf Club in Pattaya, Thailand.
“It has always been my dream to win on the Asian Tour and I did it today,” said Chan, a five-times winner on the Asian Development Tour.
“The future is bright and I can only look forward from here.”
Lin posted a four-under-par 66 to finish a shot ahead of local favourite Danthai Boonma (64) and England’s Mark Foster (68) who were tied for third.
Eddie Pepperell was tied at the top with Chan and Boonma as the final group reached the turn but the Englishman finished on seven-under after three bogeys and a double bogey in his final four holes.
“I was actually feeling very nervous when I started my round. I knew it would be a very close fight as there was little separating the leaders at the start of the day,” said Chan.
“I told myself to play my own game and not look at the leaderboard too much so that I’ll not feel so nervous.”
Lin said: “I didn’t really set any targets for myself when I started my round. I’ve always been telling myself that the key to a good round is to relax and not put too much pressure on myself. If I can play my best, the result will come.
“I thought I had a good chance coming in as I was really hitting the ball very well.
“I reminded myself several times during the round not to hit into the bunkers and I managed to do that today.”
Thailand’s Boonma said: “This result is better than what I had expected and I can only look forward.
“Hopefully, this result marks the start of better things to come for me and I will continue to do my best.”