Patty Tavatanakit dominates in Saudi Arabia


Patty Tavatanakit dominates in Saudi Arabia
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Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand was the clear standout at the Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF, which she won with a score of 270 (66 70 69 65, -18) after leading from start to finish. Played at the Riyadh Golf Club (par 72) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Alessandra Fanali delivered another strong performance, finishing 14th with 285 (69 74 68 74, -3), following up on her second-place finish last week at the Magical Kenya Open, the inaugural event of the Ladies European Tour.

Patty Tavatanakit, results

Patty Tavatanakit, known more informally as Patty, a 24-year-old LPGA Tour player, added her first title on the European circuit to a resume that already included a Major (ANA Inspiration, 2021) and three wins on the Symetra Tour (now Epson Tour).

It was a commanding performance by the Thai player, who never let up the pace, progressively extending her lead to seven strokes with a final round of 65 (-7, one eagle, six birdies, one bogey) over her nearest competitor, German Esther Henseleit (277, -11).

For her stellar performance, she earned a prize of $697,743 from a total purse of $5,000,000. In third place with 279 (-9) were Japanese player Minami Katsu and English player Charley Hull, while Thai player Chanettee Wannasaen finished fifth with 280 (-8).

Danish player Emily Kristine Pedersen placed sixth with 281 (-7), and Korean player So Mi Lee, English player Alice Hewson, and Japanese-naturalized Filipino player Yuka Saso tied for seventh with 282 (-6). Alessandra Fanali continued to perform well in her second event of the year, with some ups and downs in the second and fourth rounds, which she concluded with a 74 (+2, two birdies, four bogeys).

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