Top players out in force for Negeri Sembilan Masters

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BSO_PL_Kwanchai_Tannin_081112_001-320October 22, Seremban, Malaysia: Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin, ranked first on the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit, heads a stellar field at this week’s PGM-ASEAN PGA Negeri Sembilan Masters.

His countryman Namchok Tantipokhakul, second on the Merit list, and Singaporean Mardan Mamat, a winner already this year in Malaysia, are also competing in the US$60,000 tournament which tees-off tomorrow at Seremban International Golf Club.

The event is the eighth leg on the 2013 ASEAN PGA Tour and the third to be jointly sanctioned with the PGM Tour.

Kwanchai is looking for his second win of the season having claimed the Singha Pattaya Open in April.
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Shaaban reigns in Penang

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Penang, June 15: Shaaban Hussin will celebrate his birthday tomorrow in fine style. The 33-year-old came from behind to win the PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Classic today and did so with three strokes to spare.

With a performance that matched his career best score, the Malaysian international was bogey-free on the final day as he finished the tournament on 18-under 270. He started the fourth round at Penang Golf Resort in Bertam two shots off the lead and fired a final round seven-under 65.
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In form Lascuna sets pace

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 15: Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines set himself up for back-to-back wins on the ASEAN PGA Tour on Friday when he took a three-stroke halfway lead following a second successive 66 at the Singha Esan Open.

Lascuna ended a long wait for his first Tour win with victory at the 2012/13 season-ending Sabah Masters last month and has continued his rich vein of form at the testing Singha Park Golf Club.

He leads countryman Mars Pucay, the joint overnight leader who added a 70 to his opening 65, and the Thai duo of Sattaya Supupramai and amateur Chirat Jirasuwan in with matching 66s.
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Pucay pounces in Esan

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 14: Two-time ASEAN PGA Tour champion Mars Pucay of the Philippines sizzled to a seven-under-par 65 to lead the season-opening Singha Esan Open with three rookies, including two of his countrymen, after a low-scoring first round on Thursday.

Pucay, twice a winner during the Tour’s inaugural season in 2007, was joined at the top of a crowded leaderboard by teenage compatriot Clyde Mondilla, a former Philippine Amateur Open champion, American-educated Carl Santos-Ocampo and the unheralded Kittiroj Chantharothai of Thailand.

Kittiroj, out in the morning session, birdied the final hole to head celebrated Thais Prayad Marksaeng and Thammanoon Sriroj by a shot. In the afternoon, the duo were joined by Filipino Antonio Lascuna, who won the 2012/2013 season-ending Sabah Masters last month, and Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat, in with matching 66s.
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Play suspended at Mt. Malarayat

Batangas, Philippines, June 8: The first round of the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship was washed out today after heavy rain resulted in play being suspended until tomorrow.

None of the 90 players competing were able to complete their rounds while the afternoon session had not even teed off at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club.

The ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship is the second event on this year’s ASEAN PGA Tour and features a stellar field including Filipinos Juvic Pagunsan, Mars Pucay and Jay Bayron plus leading Thais Thanyakon Khrongpha, Wisut Artjanawat and Atthaphon Prathumanee.

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Matchplay Thriller at Song Be

Ho Chi Minh, September 8: Professional golf in Vietnam will break new ground this year when it witnesses its first ever Matchplay tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam.

The US$60,000 tournament, which will also mark the first time the Mercedes-Benz Tour has staged a Matchplay event, will be played at Song Be Golf Resort from September 30 to October 2.

A field of 32 players will compete in what will be the penultimate tournament on this season’s Mercedes-Benz Tour, which boasts 10 events.

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Open Hero Chia Leads Local Challenge

August 17, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s top golfer Danny Chia headlines a strong field in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia which tees-off tomorrow at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

Chia hit the headlines last month for becoming the first Malaysian to play all four rounds in the Open Championship and is bidding to win his third title on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

He is part of a strong local challenge that includes the in-form S. Sivachandran, Airil Rizman and the rising star from Sabah Nicholas Fung.

Since returning from his memorable performance at St Andrews Chia has been nursing a bad back but is eager to kick start a strong second half of the season.

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Plaphol Leads at Laguna

Singapore, August 12: Chawalit Plaphol asserted his authority on the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore today with a four-under-par 68 for a two shot lead at the halfway mark.

His bogey free round at Laguna National Golf and Country Club moved him to nine-under-par 135 for the Mercedes-Benz Tour event.

Singapore-based Australian Scott Barr is in second place after shooting a 67, while veteran Zaw Moe from Myanmar is another two strokes back.

Moe, the 43 year old who has also made Singapore his home for a long time, fired a 69.
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