Sunday, March 17, 2013


NEWS RELEASE Prayad Marksaeng
BANGKOK Prayad Marksaeng ended a near decade-long drought by home players and became only the third Thai to win their national championship with a two-stroke victory in OneAsia's U.S. $1 million Thailand Open at Thana City Golf and Sports Club today.
Prayad had rounds of 68, 67, 65 and 64 for a 24 under-par total of 264, to claim the winner's purse of $180,000 and the coveted King's Trophy, donated by the country's revered monarch. 
"This means so much to me," an emotional Prayad said moments after signing his scorecard.
"Yes I cried a bit … I am happy the King's Trophy will stay in Thailand." 
Urged on by his fellow professionals, Prayad took a celebratory jump into the lake adjoining the 18th green after the prize presentation.
"I have waited so long for this. It is something that I have dreamed about, but I have tried so many times and failed. This time it was my turn. I am so happy," he said.
Australian Scott Strange (67) pushed Prayad all the way, but a bogey on the last left him two strokes adrift. Countryman Nick Cullen (65) was a shot further behind while six players shared fourth place -- including defending champion Chris Wood (70).
 Overnight leader Lucas Lee of Brazil struggled to get his round together and had to settle for a share of 12th after carding a 73, while three-time major winner Padraig Harrington (66) couldn't recover from a disastrous third-round 75 and finished at 14 under.
Despite producing a generation of some of Asia's finest golfers, only two Thais have won the national open -- Suthep Meesawat (1991) and Boonchu Ruangkit (1992, 2004). 
 Two shots off the pace overnight and starting in the second last group of the day, Prayad, 47, had an early inkling the planets were correctly aligned with a birdie-birdie-birdie start -- although a bogey on the easy par-five fifth briefly halted his progression.
Four birdies in-a-row straddling the turn put him back in the driver's seat, and an audacious chip-in birdie from the fringe on the 16th meant the chasing pack had it all to do. 
Strange, winner of OneAsia's Order of Merit in 2009 on the back of victory at the Volvo China Open, went bogey-free until the last, while Cullen was pleased with his effort for a top-three finish.
"I gave myself every chance, but it just wasn't to be. Look, I'm not too unhappy," said Strange.
"I'll get over the disappointment but I feel my game has come together and  just a putt here or there and it could have been completely different."
"I had a few problems with my back earlier in the week but today felt great," said Cullen, a hot favourite now for the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship in two weeks time at Emeralda Golf Club, where he won the Indonesia Open title a year ago.
 The Thailand Open and Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship are both co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation, meaning this victory is Prayad's fourth Japan Tour success. He has also won six times on the Asian Tour and came into the tournament as one of the form players after winning the Singha Esan Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour in February.
The rounds of the day belonged to Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant and Koreans Kim Do-hoon and Hwang Jun-gon, who equalled the course record of 63 set by Welshman Ian Woosnam in 1997 and matched five times this week.

Prayad Marksaeng
  Par 288 (4x72) Yardage 6,930
264 Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 68-67-65-64.
266 Scott STRANGE (AUS) 66-65-68-67.
267 Nick CULLEN (AUS) 69-67-66-65.
268 HWANG Jung-gon (SKOR) 65-68-72-63, CHO Min-gyu (KOR) 65-68-69-66, David McKENZIE (AUS) 65-68-68-67, Simon YATES (SCO) 66-69-64-69, Chris WOOD (ENG) 67-66-65-70, HU Mu (CHN) 67-67-64-70.
269 Hideto TANIHARA (JPN) 67-67-70-65, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 68-64-68-69.
270 KIM Do-hoon 752 (SKOR) 70-68-69-63, Brad KENNEDY (AUS) 69-70-66-65, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-68-69-63, Daisuke MARUYAMA (JPN) 70-67-66-67, LEE Kyoung-hoon (SKOR) 67-66-69-68, Kazuhiro YAMASHITA (JPN) 70-66-66-68, David SMAIL (NZL) 69-66-66-69, Lucas LEE (BRA) 65-67-65-73.
271 John Young KIM (USA) 65-68-72-66, Matthew GRIFFIN (AUS) 65-71-71-64, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 70-63-70-68, Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 67-69-66-69, Yoshinori FUJIMOTO (JPN) 67-67-67-70.
272 Stephen DARTNALL (AUS) 69-68-69-66, Jason KANG (USA) 71-68-67-66, Brad SHILTON (NZL) 73-66-64-69.
273 PARK Il-hwan (SKOR) 70-66-69-68, Kiyoshi MIYAZATO (JPN) 71-66-71-65, Koumei ODA (JPN) 64-73-68-68, Kaname YOKOO (JPN) 71-68-69-65, Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 66-71-66-70, Katsumasa MIYAMOTO (JPN) 73-66-63-71.
274 Yoshikazu HAKU (JPN) 68-71-68-67, Shingo KATAYAMA (JPN) 72-65-68-69, Padraig HARRINGTON (IRL) 67-66-75-66.
275 Michael HENDRY (NZL) 71-64-70-70, Norio SHINOZAKI (JPN) 71-67-67-70, Scott LAYCOCK (AUS) 71-64-69-71, PARK Sang-hyun (SKOR) 68-68-73-66.
276 Masamichi UEHIRA (JPN) 70-65-70-71, Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) 71-68-70-67, David BRANSDON (AUS) 72-67-70-67.
277 SONG Young-han (SKOR) 70-67-71-69, David OH (USA) 69-65-70-73, KIM Dae-sub (SKOR) 70-68-70-69, KIM Kyung-tae (SKOR) 70-68-70-69, Toshinori MUTO (JPN) 69-69-66-73, S K HO (SKOR) 68-68-67-74, Koichiro KAWANO (JPN) 71-68-70-68, KIM Do-hoon 753 (SKOR) 70-68-74-65.
278 Tetsuji HIRATSUKA (JPN) 70-69-69-70.
279 Azuma YANO (JPN) 67-65-74-73, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 68-71-66-74, Tomohiro KONDO (JPN) 70-67-70-72, Stephen LEANEY (AUS) 69-70-68-72, Thammanoon SRIROJ (THA) 70-67-71-71, Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 69-70-69-71, Jason NORRIS (AUS) 68-70-73-68.
280 Andre STOLZ (AUS) 69-69-71-71, Rory HIE (INA) 67-70-73-70, Yasuharu IMANO (JPN) 67-72-73-68.
281 Yoshinobu TSUKADA (JPN) 68-68-69-76, Akinori TANI (JPN) 69-70-71-71, Keiichiro FUKABORI (JPN) 68-71-74-68, PARK Jun-won (KOR) 70-69-75-67.
282 PARK Eun-shin (KOR) 70-67-75-70.
284 Somkiat SRISANGA (THA) 70-69-74-71.
286 Tawan PHONGPHUN (am, THA) 70-68-75-73.
287 Udorn DUANGDECHA (THA) 72-67-73-75, Hiroshi IWATA (JPN) 70-69-75-73, Takashi KANEMOTO (JPN) 68-71-76-72.



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