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Brace-wearing boy becomes youngest ever winner

ESPN staff
July 26, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Phachara Khongwatmai became the youngest ever winner of a professional event after claiming the Singhua Hin Open.

The 14-year-old won the ASEAN PGA Tour event by four shots after compiling a 13-under par total over the course of the four rounds, in the process breaking Lydia Ko's record by seven months.

Ko won the 2012 New South Wales Open.

"I am really, really happy to win against so many top players," Khongwatmai, who had to qualify for the tournament, said. "My putting was the key and I also worked very hard with my caddie. We planned everything carefully."

The Thai amateur looked composed during his final round. His achievement is the latest in a growing trend of impressive achievements from teenagers in the sport, especially in Asia. Guan Tianlang, also 14 at the time, famously made the cut at the Masters in April, while in July Jordan Spieth became the first teenager since 1931 to win a PGA Tour event.

Watch video of Khongwatmai's victory here:

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