After stalking the leaders for three days, Thai teen makes a successful final push 


WHEN DANTHAI Boonma teed off on Thursday at Laguna National, he did not have any expectations.

Playing in his maiden professional season, he knew there were far more seasoned pros in the field eyeing the top prize at the US$750,000 ($1.07 million) World Classic Championship.

Malaysia’s Nick Fung, Laguna stalwart Scott Barr and a host of Indians, as well as a talented bunch of his compatriots, including veteran Thaworn Wiratchant, were the ones favoured to emerge at the top of the leaderboard after four rounds.

By the end of the first day, Thai Danthai was three strokes behind the leaders after a one-over 72 on a notoriously difficult course.

By the end of the final round yesterday, the 19-year-old stood with the trophy in his hands and a cheque of US$135,000 in his pocket.

With face buried in his hands, Danthai said: “All I wanted to do is play a shot at a time and I did not think I could win this tournament.

“I wasn’t too sure what was going on.

This story first appeared in The New Paper. Read full story here: Thai teen Danthai’s big day at World Championship Classic