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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dodt denies Jaidee to lift Thailand trophy

Australian Andrew Dodt fired another brilliant five-under-par 67 to claim the European Tour's inaugural Thailand Classic yesterday by one shot from home favourite Thongchai Jaidee and overnight leader Scott Hend.

The world number 281 was as surprised as anyone by the victory at Black Mountain Golf Club, his second on the European Tour after winning in New Delhi in 2010.

Instead of kicking-on from that success, the 29-year-old endured a difficult time and had not had a top 10 finish since, only regaining his Tour card in November at qualifying school.

"I'm speechless - it's just come out of nowhere," he said after his third consecutive 67 gave him a 16-under total.

"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.

"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."

Meanwhile, teenager Oh Su-hyun secured her first title in only her second tournament as a professional as she won the RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Australian carded a four-under-par 69 in her final round to finish seven under for the tournament - three shots clear of countrywoman Katherine Kirk and English pair Charley Hull and Florentyna Parker.

The victory continues Oh's stellar start to the professional ranks after she finished runner-up in her debut tournament at the Victorian Open.

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