Emotional Victory for Atthaphon

Jakarta, October 30: Thailand’s Atthaphon Prathummanee ended a frustrating 10 year wait to win his first significant title as a professional when he recorded a surprise victory in the US$80,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia today.

The 32 year old beat compatriot Namchok Tantipokhakul on the first play-off hole in a stunning finish to the season-ending Tour Championship on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

Filipino Juvic Pagunsan finished joint fifth to secure the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit title.

Atthaphon holed an eight foot birdie putt to lift the trophy at Emeralda Golf and Country Club after Namchok had mounted an incredible late charge.

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Pagunsan on pole position

Jakarta, October 29: Juvic Pagunsan put himself in the perfect position to claim the US$80,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia and secure the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit after taking the third round lead on a day of high drama.

The Filipino, the current leader of the Merit list, enters the final round with a two shot lead over compatriot Antonio Lascuna, Malaysian Nicholas Fung and Namchok Tantipokhakul from Thailand.

Pagunsan fired a four-under-par 68 at Emeralda Golf and Country Club for a tournament total of 13-under-par 203.

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Nearly Man Lascuna Excels

Jakarta, October 28: Antonio Lascuna, who has an outstanding record on the Mercedes-Benz Tour but has yet to win a title, put himself in a strong position for a breakthrough victory by taking the halfway lead in the US$80,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

The 39-year-old Filipino fired a faultless seven-under-par 65 to lead the season-ending Tour Championship on 11-under-par 133.

He leads by two strokes from compatriot Juvic Pagunsan and Malaysian rookie Nicholas Fung – the duo who are also battling it out to secure the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit crown.

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Pagunsan sets the pace

Jakarta, October 27: Juvic Pagunsan took the first round lead in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia today to make the perfect start to his bid to finish the year ranked number one.

The Filipino carded an eight-under-par 64 at Emeralda Golf and Country Club to finish ahead of Thailand’s Borwon Chaisri, who shot 66.

The US$80,000 tournament is the season-ending Tour Championship and Pagunsan currently leads the Order of Merit with earnings of US$22,450.

Pagunsan claimed the Mercedes-Benz Masters Thailand in June by seven strokes and carded a flawless round today making eight birdies.

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Fung eyes merit crown

Jakarta, October 26: Brilliant young Malaysian golfer Nicholas Fung will attempt to add the finishing touches to a fine season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour when he tees-off tomorrow in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

The tournament is the season-ending Tour Championship and is being played at Emeralda Golf and Country Club. It boasts a total purse of US$80,000.

Fung won the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam, the circuit’s first Match Play event, at the beginning of the month for his maiden victory as a professional.

The 20-year-old turned professional at the end of last year and has not missed a cut on the Mercedes-Benz Tour, which boasts 10 events.

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Chia to Star at Emeralda

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 22: Malaysian number one Danny Chia has confirmed he will play in next week’s Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia at Emeralda Golf and Country Club – which is the season-ending Tour Championship on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

Chia is a two-time winner on the circuit and won the Tour Championship in 2008, when it was held in Thailand.

He joins a stellar field that includes defending champion Namchok Tantipokhakul from Thailand, Filipino Juvic Pagunsan and fast rising Malaysian star Nicholas Fung.

The US$80,000 tournament is being played from October 27 to 30, and features the top-60 players from the Order of Merit. No halfway cut is made so all players are guaranteed prizemoney.

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Tour set for exciting crescendo

Jakarta, October 12: The Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia will be the focus of attention this year on the Mercedes-Benz Tour as for the first time it has been positioned as the prestigious season-ending Tour Championship.

The tournament will be played at Emeralda Golf and Country Club, just outside Jakarta, from October 27 to 30 and boast prize money of US$80,000.

Only the top-60 players from Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit after the penultimate event on Tour are eligible to play in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia – an event that acts as a reward to those players who have performed with distinction during the year.

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Thammanoon’s Five Iron Firecracker

Jakarta: Thailand’s Thammanoon Srirot earned the distinction of making the first albatross on the Mercedes-Benz Tour at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

Thammanoon made a two on the par-five 17th at Emeralda Golf and Country Club in the first round of the US$60,000 tournament. He nailed a drive 330 yards and then holed a five iron from 200 yards.

“The ball bounced once and then went into the hole rattling the flag stick. My playing partners shouted ‘it’s in, it’s in!’. When I got to the hole and looked into the cup I couldn’t believe it. It is the first time I have had an albatross,” said Thammanoon.
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