Four days, four leaders at the True Thailand Classic, with the final one the most unlikely at all.
Australia’s Andrew Dodt, who had to go through Qualifying School last November after losing his card at the end of 2013, secured his first top 10 finish since 2010, defeating Thongchai Jaidee by one stroke.
“To be honest, losing my card two years ago was probably the best thing that could have happened to me,” Dodt said. “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.”Dodt jumped from fifth to first by firing his third straight 67 to wind up 16-under at 272. Day Three leader Scott Hend wound up tied for second at 15-under with an even-par.
Dodt was the picture of efficiency throughout the tournament, scattering just three bogeys over 72 holes, including zero on Days 2 and 4.
Hend led Dodt by four strokes entering Sunday and the lead was still three through six holes. But Hend bogeyed 7 and 14 while Dodt birdied 12 and 15 to see the two men flip-flop.
Hend then got overagressive on No. 17 and bogeyed it as well to doom himself.
Jaidee was three strokes up on Dodt to start the day, and still a stroke ahead when the pair got the pivotal 12th hole. While Dodt birdied it, Jaidee bounced his way to a double-bogey 7 to fall two behind.