Thidapa Sunawannapura secured the fourth Thai win from seven editions of the Hero Women’s Indian Open when she maintained her overnight lead to triumph by three shots at the Delhi Golf Club.
The 21-year-old from Bangkok opened with a 66 to share the lead after the first round and held her advantage throughout the tournament, moving a stroke clear with a second round 74 and then extending her lead to three with a final round 68.
With a winning total of eight-under-par, she ended ahead of her first round co-leader, Valentine Derrey from France, who recorded her second runner-up finish in as many months.
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum won this event three times before Sunawannapura – in 2008, 2009 and 2012 – while another Thai player, Saraporn Chamchoi, finished in a tie for third this year, alongside England’s Hannah Burke.
The final round was played in hot and sunny conditions perfect for golf and Beth Allen of the United States closed with a sizzling six-under-par 66 to share fifth place with England’s 17-year-old rookie Charley Hull and the leading Indian player, amateur Gauri Monga.
The Ladies European Tour now moves to the United Arab Emirates for the final tournament of the 2013 season, the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, taking place at Emirates Golf Club from December 4-7.
Hull will be contending for the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award along with her maiden title on her first visit to the emirate and said:
“I really can’t wait to get to Dubai, to be honest. I’m so excited and I’ve been counting down the days because I’ve never been before and I’ve heard it’s really good.”