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.
Namchok, winner of the Merit title in 2009, tied for 15th at the weekend and has earned US$22,603.
Thailand’s Thammanoon Sriroj broke a long win drought with a thrilling comeback victory in Chiangmai at Mae Jo Golf Club & Resort.
An eagle and two birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine spurred Thammanoon to a closing 66 for a four-round total of 20 under 264 and a two-shot victory over Prayad.
Kwanchai finished in third place – five behind Thammanoon – after a brilliant seven-under 64.
The Chiangmai event was the seventh leg of the 2013 season which features 12 tournaments.
ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit top-10 (after Singha Chiangmai Open)
1, Kwanchai Tannin (THA) US$24,748
2, Namchok Tantipokhakul (THA) US$22,603
3, Thanyakon Khrongpha (THA) US$17,116
4, Ratchapol Juntavara (THA) US$15,519
5, Sutijet Kooratanapisan (THA) US$12,137
6, Khor Kheng Hwai (MAS) US$11,178
7, Udorn Duangdecha (THA) US$10,402
8, Mardan Mamat (SIN) US$9,750
9, Mars Pucay (PHI) US$9,107
10, Sattaya Supupramai (THA) US$9,105