Rattanon’s learning curve maintained its positive trend when he finished 60th on the Order of Merit, thanks to top-10s in the Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea and Venetian Macao Open to earn the last and final full Tour card for 2017.
Two top-five finishes in Bangladesh and Chinese Taipei early this season provided the prelude to his Thai Open triumph in which he raced to a glorious home win with his 21-under-par 263 aggregate after opening with a flying 62. He averaged only 24 putts per round that week.
“I have waited five years for this win. I am really proud of myself. I finally proved that I can do it,” said Rattanon. “I’m no longer afraid of anyone after the win. I’m feeling confident.”