Young Thai talent Sadom Kaewkanjana held his nerve Saturday to become the fastest qualifying school graduate to win on the Asian Tour when he clinched the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open by one shot.
Sadom, playing in his first Asian Tour start this season, overcame a spirited challenge from India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu to finish the final round with a one-under 70, to card an overall score of 19-under 265 at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka.
One time Asian Tour winner Sandhu carded a six-under 65 on the final round but finished just short of Sadom overall with 266 in the $350,000 tournament.
Sadom, who bagged $63,000 in prize money, broke the record of Australian duo Kane Webber and Todd Sinnott, who won in their second starts after coming through the qualifying school in 2006 and 2017 respectively.
“Winning in my first start on the Asian Tour, I feel very happy,” Sadom, who joined the play-for-pay ranks last December, was quoted as saying by asiantour.com
“I will take a lot of positives from this week and this win will give me a lot of confidence in my game as well.
“It’s been an unbelievable journey since turning professional last December.”
The 20-year old Sadom also become the third Thai after Thitiphun Chuayprakong (2016) and Jazz Janewattananond (2017) to win the National Open of Bangladesh, which was celebrating its fifth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week.