Atthaya Thitikul

Following a fiercely fought competition at the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open, it was Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul who emerged as the victor in Switzerland.

Golfpark Holzhäusern played host to the tournament and the first round saw Wales’ Chloe Williams and Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord lead the way.

The duo fired rounds of 64 (-8) to be in front after day one but it was a tight contest with four players one stroke behind including Swiss amateur Elena Moosmann.

In the second round, it was Germany’s Sandra Gal who produced the best round of her career carding a 63 (-9) to climb to the top of the leaderboard.

The Solheim Cup player was joined by local favourite Kim Metraux, who backed up her first round of 66 with a second round of 64 to also be a co-leader.

Play was suspended late on Friday as thunderstorms moved into the local area and there was a threat of lightning.

Williams and Skarpnord sat three shots adrift of the leaders, while Thitikul also had a solid second day in Switzerland, carding a round of 66 (-6) to back up her 68 (-4) and sit one shot further back.  

Round three began on Saturday morning and it was the Thai teenager who got off to a hot start with four birdies on the front nine.

Playing in a group alongside Skarpnord, the duo were going head-to-head throughout the round with the Norwegian carding two birdies of her own in her opening nine holes.

Both players birdied 11 before the five-time LET winner added another on 12 to be level alongside Thitikul with six holes to play.

Despite dropped shots on 14, the duo couldn’t be separated until 16 when the young star birdied to edge in front – a birdie and par apiece on the last two holes ensured Thitikul claimed her fourth LET title.

Only on two occasions this season has the 18-year-old been outside of the top ten and such consistent performances has seen the 2021 Race to Costa del Sol leader cement her status as one of the world’s best.

The teenager has also risen from number 308 to 28 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and her star is set to keep rising.