Australian veteran Wade Ormsby overcame a nerve-jangling playoff against home hope Chonlatit Chuenboonngam in the Asian Tour International Series Thailand event on Sunday.
The pair were locked on 20-under after 72 holes at Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, one ahead of Korean Yeongsu Kim and Micah Lauren Shin of the United States.
Former LIV Golfer Ormsby overcame young Chonlatit on the first extra hole to claim the crown. The 42-year-old triumphed after holing a 12-foot birdie putt while Chonlatit missed his birdie attempt from eight feet.
Ormsby trailed Chonlatit, the clubhouse leader, by one with three to play but made a birdie on 16 to get to the playoff.
It’s the fourth Asian Tour victory of Ormsby’s career and the first since his win in the Hong Kong Open in 2020.
He will now be looking to play his way back onto the LIV Golf League series, having played all seven events of the inaugural season.
The $2 million International Series event — which offers the best performers players an avenue into the LIV Golf League — was wide open on the final day with dozens of players in with a chance before Ormsby and Chonlatit edged ahead.
Behind Yeongsu and Shin was Ormsby’s fellow Aussie Kevin Yuan in fifth.
“I can’t believe I am here,” said Ormsby. “I had a tough week down in New Zealand last week. I was so annoyed with myself as I knew I was playing well. I worked so hard with my coach Grant Field. I am so stoked.
“I hit a good putt on the last to win it, but it didn’t turn right, the grain was hard off the left. It didn’t go in, all you can do is try and hit a good putt. So, I went to the range to get ready. I got a little bit unlucky on the play off hole to find the bunker, but I holed the 12 footer when it mattered.
“The Asian Tour and International Series are high up on my priority list, I’d love to get back on LIV, I just have to try and manage it all. I just so happy I have won an International Series event especially here at Black Mountain, I love the place.”
Chonlatit was diplomatic in defeat.
“I did my best, and I’m super happy with the result and my performance today and this week,” the 24-year-old said.
“My first priority was to keep my card on the Asian Tour, but this week I’m very happy with my performance so I now would like to win one. I’m sure I can, and I will try.”