GolfSixes: Thailand beat England’s Tom Lewis and Paul Waring 2-1 to win title

Updated: 24/05/2022


Lewis and Waring beat Sweden and Italy in the knockout stages

Thailand beat England in a nearest-the-pin play-off to win the GolfSixes at Oitavos Dunes in Portugal.

England's Tom Lewis, playing with Paul Waring, twice missed putts to beat Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand.

And Khongwatmai sealed victory with a tee shot to inside six feet.

“I'm gutted,” said Lewis. “We played so many good matches, but we slipped up a little bit in the beginning and that handed them a bit of confidence.”

After winning their group on Friday, Lewis and Waring beat Sweden and Italy in Saturday's knockout stages.

Thailand, who beat defending champions Ireland in their group and then Scotland and Spain in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, won the first hole in the final but it was all-square after the third hole when Lewis tapped in from his tee shot.

On the final hole, Lewis squandered a chance to win the tournament when he missed a putt from five feet, before missing from seven feet on the first play-off hole to send the match into a nearest-the-pin shoot-out where Khongwatmai knocked his tee shot closest.

The GolfSixes format is the European Tour's equivalent of Twenty20 cricket, with matches lasting only six holes and played in a more informal atmosphere.

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