Sabah Masters returns as season-ending decider

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Sabah_Masters_120113_Antonio_Lascuna-06-320Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, October 21: The Sabah Masters will once again take centre stage on the ASEAN PGA Tour as the grande finale to the 2013/2014 season.

To be played from January 8 to 11 it will return to Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club with the support of its mainstay sponsor Sabah Tourism Board (STB).

Boasting prize money of US$75,000 it will play a decisive role in determining who wins the Order of Merit title.

This year Filipino Antonio Lascuna lifted the Sabah Masters trophy and ended a long frustrating wait for his first win on the ASEAN PGA Tour. He beat pre-tournament favourite Mardan Mamat from Singapore on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off.
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Tannin leads Order of Merit

August 13: Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin has overtaken countryman Namchok Tantipokhakul at the top of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit.

Kwanchai, the nephew of Thai star Prayad Marksaeng, finished in third place at the weekend in the Singha Chiangmai Open helping to cement a fine season so far.

The 27-year-old won the Singha Pattaya Open in April, and the following week finished fourth in Laos.

He has accumulated US$27,748 this year from five events.

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Namchok number one on Tour

July 24: Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul moved to the top of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit after a strong finish at the weekend.

Namchok, winner of the Merit list title in 2009, tied for fourth in the Singha Hua Hin Open to earn a cheque for US$3,256.

Amateur sensation Phachara Khongwatmai, aged 14, triumphed in Hua Hin to become the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament.

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