Kim wins again at Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge

American Sihwan Kim secured a two-point victory at the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge in a modified mix format at the Siam Country Club’s Waterside Course.

The US$750,000 event, which was co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Asian Tour, saw a Modified Stableford being used with points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole with albatross 8 points, eagle 5 points, birdie 2 points, par 0 points, bogey -1 point, double bogey or more -3 points.

“Sihwan Sihwan Kim (Credit: Asian Tour)

Kim came out on top scoring 49 points to claim the inaugural title and finished two points ahead of Sweden’s Maja Stark, who was the best-placed female.

“My putting has just been phenomenal, that’s pretty much what got me through it,” said Kim.

The 33-year-old has been in fine form winning his maiden Asian Tour victory last month at Hua Hin Thailand having not won a title since turning professional in 2011. Sihwan had shown huge promise as a youngster and followed in the footsteps of Tiger Woods, David Duval and Hunter Mahan by winning the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2004.

WITB: Sihwan Kim

  • Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball
  • Titleist TSi3 Driver (8.0º)
  • Titleist TSi3 FW (13.5º)
  • Titleist U•500 (3)
  • Titleist NEW T100 (4-9)
  • Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46º, 50º, WedgeWorks 54M, WedgeWorks 60T)
  • Scotty Cameron Newport 2-style GSS Tour Prototype Putter

Kim has played mainly on the European Tour with his best result a third place at the 2018 Indian Open.

Thailand’s Budsabakorn Sukapan, 24, was in third place on 42 points and her compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai, 22, was a point behind.

Australian Andrew Dodt secured a top-10 result on 38 points with Travis Smyth (T11) and Todd Sinnott (16) the next best of the Aussies.

The Ladies European Tour now heads to Australia for back-to-back events co-sanctioned with the WPGA Tour of Australasia, starting with the Women’s Australian Classic – Bonville on Thursday.