Peerless Prayad powers ahead in moneylist

August 10, Chiangmai: The remarkable Prayad Marksaeng, still showing his rivals a clean pair of heels at aged 49, edged closer to the ASEAN PGA Order of Merit title with his victory in the Singha Chiangmai Open on Sunday.

The Thai veteran closed with a six-under-par 65 to edge teenager Jazz Janewattananond by a stroke and capture his second ASEAN PGA Tour crown of the season following his success in the Singha Pattaya Open.

It was his fifth win this year after lifting the Singha Masters and Queen’s Cup on home soil and the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open on the Japan Tour.

Prayad pocketed US$8,253 for his win at Mae Jo Golf Resort & Spa on Sunday to take his season’s earnings to US$27,627. He leads the consistent Piya Swangarunporn, who was joint third in the Singha Chiangmai Open, by US$10,569.

“At the age of 49, I am confident that I am still competitive in the game,” said Prayad, whose first victory on the ASEAN PGA Tour came in 2007 when he beat Boonchu Ruangkit in a playoff at the Singha E-San Open.

“Because of my playing style, I can stay in the game for a number of years. Young players are better physically but I am more experienced.”

Piya moved to second place on the moneylist with a cheque for US$2,874. He is having a good season with runner-up finishes in the Singha E-San Open and Singha Pattaya Open.

Janewattananond, who contended at both OneAsia’s Singha Corporation Thailand Open and the Queen’s Cup on the Asian Tour in June, collected US$4,866 for his runner-up finish and moved to eighth spot on the Order of Merit.

The next scheduled event on the ASEAN PGA Tour is the PGM Penang Championship from September 9-12.