Dodt sneaks win in Thailand

European Tour

Andrew Dodt closed with a flawless 67 to win the True Thailand Classic by one stroke on Sunday.

The Australian held off a strong challenge by local Thongcahi Jaidee to edge a memorable victory at the Black Mountain Golf Club, finishing on 16 under.

The duo were tied with three holes to play for Jaidee. But he made life difficult for himself by three-putting the 16th, leaving him one stroke behind. The Thai would par the 17th, putting pressure on himself to get a shot back on the final hole to force a play-off.

After reaching the final par five green in two, Jaidee’s chances looked promising but he left his eagle putt eight feet short and missed the following birdie attempt, leaving him tied with Scott Hend for second place on 15-under.

“I’m speechless…it’s just come out of nowhere,” the 29-year-old Dodt told europeantour.com.

“I played really well yesterday and today but I just didn’t think I’d come out on top. I knew I was playing well but to come out and win is just a dream come true.

“To be honest, losing my card two years ago was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. I went home last year, spent 12 months at home, played the Asian Tour again, found myself again, found my game and to be in the winner’s circle again…it’s unbelievable.”

51-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez, the oldest winner on the European Tour, finished three shots off the pace on 13 under.

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