Pornanong Phatlum Wins 2015 Hitachi Ladies Classic For Third Straight Hitachi Victory, Fourth Overall

Pornanong Phatlum (click to enlarge)

Sometimes a player just owns a tournament. I think about Se Ri Pak at Jamie Farr’s event. Then there was Annika Sorenstam at Mizuno. Pornanong Phatlum is writing her name in as a perennial winner of the Hitachi Ladies Classic on the LAGT/TLPGA. Fending off contenders such as 2012 winner Teresa Lu and Charley Hull, Waen won her third straight Hitachi title by taking the 2015 edition of the Hitachi Ladies Classic. It’s her fourth win here overall, with trophies won in 2011, 2013, 2014 and now 2015. She finished tied for 4th in 2012. Despite Lu and Hull in the tournament, Waen was the only player to finish under par at 2-under (71, 71, 72). She takes home 2,500,000 New Taiwan Dollars, or roughly around $78,332 USD. With multiple wins on the Ladies European Tour and the LAGT, not to mention an unofficial LPGA win, Waen is clearly the most decorated professional Thai female golfer to date. Going into 2015, no golfer representing Thailand has won an LPGA event. However, Waen has come close, finishing 2nd at the 2014 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Look for her to join Ariya Jutanugarn as leading candidates in 2015 to end the Thai winless streak on the LPGA. I expect that Waen will eventually win on the American tour, barring any unforseen injury.

 

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1 PORNANONG PHATLUM (-2)

 

T2 TERESA LU (+2)

 

Rank Player Thru[Hole] Today ToPar Round Summary
1 2 3
1 Pornanong PHATLUM F E -2 71 71 72 214
T2 Teresa LU F -2 +1 75 72 70 217
T2 CHEN, Meng-Chu F -3 +1 76 72 69 217
T4 PENG, Chieh F -1 +3 76 72 71 219
T4 LIN, Tzu-Chi F +4 +3 71 72 76 219
6 Charley HULL F +3 +4 76 69 75 220
T7 YAO, Phoebe F +4 +5 73 72 76 221
T7 SUH, Bo-Mi F E +5 74 75 72 221
T7 KUO, Ai-Chen F E +5 76 73 72 221
T10 CHANG Ya-Chun F +3 +6 77 70 75 222
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