August 9, Chiangmai: Evergreen veteran Prayad Marksaeng again showed his younger opponents the way to win on Sunday, a closing 65 giving him a one-shot victory over promising teenager Jazz Janewattananond in the Singha Chiangmai Open.
It was Prayad’s second triumph on the ASEAN PGA Tour this season, following his success at the Singha Pattaya Open in March, and the 49-year-old Thai extended his lead in the moneylist race.
In-form Prayad, who won his fifth title on the ultra-competitive Japan Tour last month, posted a four-round total of 18-under 266 at Mae Jo Golf Resort & Spa.
Joint overnight leader Janewattananond shaved the hole with a curling 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have taken the tournament into sudden death.
The 19 year old holed out for par and a round of 68 which gave him second place on his own.
Kwanchai Tannin, the 2013 ASEAN PGA Tour number one who was joint top with Janewattananond after the third round, saw his challenge come unstuck with a double bogey at the 13th and a bogey on 15 but back-to-back birdies on the next two holes saw him sign for a 69 and equal third place with Piya Swangarunporn (67).
Veteran Thaworn Wiratchant, playing in the final group, dropped three strokes on the front nine before hitting some form with four birdies in seven holes. He shot a 70 for joint seventh place with defending champion Chapchai Nirat a shot further back in equal ninth after closing with a 68.
The final round quickly developed into a tussle between Prayad and joint third round leaders Janewattananond, bidding for a breakthrough win after a season of near misses, and Kwanchai.
Prayad seized the initiative with four straight birdies from the fourth hole and another at the ninth to go out in five-under 31.
Janewattananond and Kwanchai found themselves two strokes behind at the turn before both birdied the 10th to reduce the deficit to one.
Prayad found scoring more difficult on the inward nine but two birdies offset by his sole bogey of the day on the 15th proved good enough for the victory, with his nearest challengers also finding birdies hard to come by.
The Singha Chiangmai Open was jointly sanctioned by the ASEAN PGA Tour and the All Thailand Golf Tour.
266 – Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 66 67 68 65
267 – Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 68 63 68 68
268 – Piya SWANGARUNPORN (THA) 68 67 66 67, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 67 69 63 69
269 – Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 72 65 67 65, Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 68 68 65 68