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Thitikul, 14, is youngest golf champion

Thitikul becomes the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour aged 14 years, 4 months and 19 days
Ladies European Thailand Championship final leaderboard
-5 A Thitikul (Tha); -3 A Menendez (Mex); -2 W Hillier (Aus); -1 L Ras-Anderica (Ger); P Phokan (Tha); A Boulden (Wal)
Selected others:+4 F Parker (Eng); E Givens (Eng); +6 L Hall (Wal); +7 M Thomson (Sco); +13 P Pretswell (Sco), +14 A Dimmock (Eng); G Cowley (Eng); +22 I Mehmet (Eng); +25 L Horsford (Eng)
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Fourteen-year-old amateur Atthaya Thitikul has become the youngest known winner of a professional golf tour event with victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship.

The Thai player finished five under after a level-par 72, two shots clear of Ana Menendez who carded a 75.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson had held the record, winning an event on the Canadian Women’s Tour in June 2012 aged 14 years, nine months and three days.

Thitikul, turned 14 on 20 February.

She said: “It makes me feel very happy and so proud of myself. This trophy, I give to Thailand and the Thai people.”

Henderson’s record for a male or female player came in a 36-hole event, bettering the mark by two days set by New Zealand’s Lydia Ko in January 2012 at the New South Wales Women’s Open.

Ko held the record on the Ladies European Tour, having won the 2013 New Zealand Open aged 15 years, nine months and 17 days.

Mexican Menendez had started the final round at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya with a one-shot lead over Thitikul.

The 14-year-old opened with a two-under round of 70, shooting 71 in round two and a 70 in round three on Saturday.

Wales’ Amy Boulden, 23, finished tied for fourth after a 73.

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