Sadom Kaewkanjana’s bogey-free final round at the SMBC Singapore Open on Sunday did more than just win him the biggest title of his fledgling career, it also secured him a place at this year’s Open Championship. The Thai golfer’s two-under par 69 at Sentosa Golf Club moved him to 13-under for the tournament, earned him a US$225,000 winner’s cheque and jumped him to second place in the order of merit after the final event of the Asian Tour’s 2020-21 season. Joohyung Kim and Yuto Katsuragawa finished three shots back in a tie for second, which was enough for Kim to end the season at the top of the money list, with season earnings of US$507,553. Katsuragawa shot a 68 while Kim signed for a 69. Sihwan Kim, who started the day sharing the lead, carded a 73 to take fourth. The top four have all qualified for the Open at St Andrews. The victory continued Sadom’s remarkable recent run of form: in the final three months of last year, he won five times in Thailand, including the Thailand Open. Sadom Kaewkanjana is your 2022 SMBC Singapore Open champion! Well done and congratulations!" 🏆👏 @SingOpenGolf #SingOpen #whereitsAT pic.twitter.com/39Uq8ipnA2 — Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) January 23, 2022 “This is amazing, it wasn’t easy,” said Sadom, who was also bogey free on Saturday. “It has taken a lot of hard work to get here, especially over the last two years. This is a great way to start the year. I hope it’s the start of a great year.” Joohyung Kim becomes the second youngest winner of the coveted merit title after compatriot Seungyul Noh – who was also 19 when he won in 2010 but he is a month younger. “I didn’t know it was going be this fast, but I think it’s still sinking in. I don’t know when it’s going to sink in. But you know, definitely very happy with it,” Kim said. Joohyung Kim 🇰🇷 becomes the second youngest player on Tour, following countryman Noh Seung-yul in 2010, to lift the prestigious Order of Merit crown 👑 on the Asian Tour.⛳ @joohyungkim0621 #whereitsAT — Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) January 23, 2022 Last week, 19-year-old Kim took over stop from Australian Wade Ormsby on the list after winning The Singapore International at Tanah Merah Country Club. The Asian Tour begins its 2022 season at the US$5 million PIF Saudi International, which will be played at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club from February 3-6.