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Whitney Hillier's equal-best LET finish behind 14-year-old in Thailand

Hillier records best ever finish on LET Tour (Photo: Henry Peters)
Western Australian Whitney Hillier overcame a slow start to finish 3rd at the Ladies European Tour Thailand Championship, just three shots behind the winner, 14-year-old amateur Atthaya Thitikul.

Thitikul became the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour and, having also made the cut at the Honda LPGA Thailand Classic earlier this year, she appears destined for even greater things.

Due to Thitikul’s amateur status, the top prize of €45,000 went to the runner-up, Mexican Ana Menendez, who had led after each of the first three rounds and earned her career-best finish.

Hillier, whose mother is Thai, finished in third spot on 2-under and earned the runner-up cheque for €27,000.

“I only made two birdies today and I was so patient out there, said Hillier.

Source: Twitter @LETgolf

"I made nothing on the front nine and then finally made a couple in the end. It was a solid game and I was very happy with that. I tried to get myself back up there and I did.

"I’ve been working really hard the last couple of months as well, but it does help to have local support, my mum and all of her friends cheering me on.”

Hillier’s effort matched her third-place finish at the 2013 Ladies Slovak Open as her best result on the Ladies European Tour and will move her inside the top six on the 2017 LET Money List after just five events of the 2017 season.

The next event on the Ladies European Tour will be the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, beginning on July 27.

LET STAR FLORENTYNA PARKER

 

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