22-yo rookie Chacarra wins LIV Golf Bangkok

Former World No.2 amateur Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra has secured a US$4 million payday after winning the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok event in Thailand on Sunday.

With a previous best finish of 24th place little was expected of the Spaniard as he teed off at the Stonehill Golf Club course north of Bangkok on Friday.

However the 22-year-old came out of the gates with an impressive 65 before doubling down with a superb second round of 9-under 63 to set up a five-shot lead heading into the final day.

The former Oklahoma State standout held on for a 3-under 69 and 19-under total to stave off a late charge by Master champion Patrick Reed on 16-under.

“I’m playing with the best players in the world, and that’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was little and I’m learning from each of them,” said Chacarra, who made it a victory double with Jon Rahm’s Spanish Open win on the DP World Tour.

Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra (Credit: LIV Golf)

“It’s been a dream, and I can’t be more excited for the next years to come.”

English duo Paul Casey and Richard Bland finished alongside Sihwan Kim on 15-under to share third place.

Marc Leishman topped the Australians in the field in a share of 10th place and 11-under. Matt Jones was another two shots back in 15th place while Australian PGA champion Jed Morgan recorded the best finish of his LIV career in 20th place.

Wade Ormsby shared 27th and Cameron Smith closed out the tournament towards the tail end of the field in 41st and 4-under.

The tour now heads west to Saudi Arabia for this week’s LIV Golf Invitational-Jeddah and the last of the individual events of the season before the teams finale in Florida at the end of October.