Two days, two laps under par for Thailand Atthaya Thitikul at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. With little experience on the links, the 18-year-old prodigy, currently in second place at -6, was surprised by her game at Dumbarnie Links. “I don’t even know how to shoot under par today and yesterday,” said Thitikul. “It’s a good lap, I’ll take everything.”
The three-time winner of the Ladies European Tour had problems early on Friday and recorded bogeys on three of her first five holes. Thitikul responded with six birdies on the next 10 holes, including four in a row from # 12-15. Despite one last bogey at 17, Thitikul was happy with her comeback.
“I have to be patient today. Be really patient today, don’t be so aggressive on the pin just when it’s time to be on the safe side, ”said Thitikul. “And if you can do it, but if you can’t, it’s okay, and then you just go to the next hole and keep doing it.”
Through nine LET events in 2021, Thitikul won the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open as well as five other top five placements. Last May, in her 10th start on the LPGA Tour, she also finished second behind 36-hole leader Ariya Jutanugarn at the Honda LPGA Thailand. She recognized the dynamism of her season as a helpful factor as she navigates a style that she naturally adapts to.
“I have as many good tournaments ahead of me as the finish line,” said Thitikul. “And then a good swing this week and so many weeks helped me a lot.”