Sabah Masters returns as season-ending decider

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Sabah_Masters_120113_Antonio_Lascuna-06-320Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, October 21: The Sabah Masters will once again take centre stage on the ASEAN PGA Tour as the grande finale to the 2013/2014 season.

To be played from January 8 to 11 it will return to Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club with the support of its mainstay sponsor Sabah Tourism Board (STB).

Boasting prize money of US$75,000 it will play a decisive role in determining who wins the Order of Merit title.

This year Filipino Antonio Lascuna lifted the Sabah Masters trophy and ended a long frustrating wait for his first win on the ASEAN PGA Tour. He beat pre-tournament favourite Mardan Mamat from Singapore on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off.
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Titanic Win for Kwanchai

Pattaya, April 21: Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin produced a masterful performance to win the Singha Pattaya Open by an emphatic six shot margin today.

Kwanchai shot a one-over-par 73 to complete a wire-to-wire victory at Burapha Golf Club and claim his second title on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

He finished with a four-round aggregate of 18-under-par 270, while his compatriot Thanyakon Khrongpha carded a 68 to claim outright second place.

“I won by a lot of shots but it was hard from start to finish. It is a great feeling. This is a big event in my country,” said Kwanchai.
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No Masters tiredness for Thaworn at Singha Pattaya Open

Pattaya, April 18: Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant showed his ironman qualities today by taking a share of the opening round lead in the Singha Pattaya Open.

The King of golf in the Kingdom fired a six-under-par 66 at Burapha Golf Club – a remarkable effort considering he just flew back from making his debut in the US Masters.

He missed the cut at Augusta but shed that disappointed by sharing the lead with compatriot Kwanchai Tannin and James Bowen from America.
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Tour set for 2013 season opener

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 13: Some of the most outstanding prospects in the region will pit their skills against Asian number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand at the Singha Esan Open, the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour, this week.

Indonesia’s Rory Hie, third last year, Annop Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, winner of the Gowa Classic in Indonesia last November, and fast-rising Singaporean Choo Tze Huang are amongst the young guns looking to shoot down former champion Thaworn, the Masters-bound 46-year-old who lifted four international titles in a quite extraordinary 2012.

Filipino Antonio Lascuna, victorious in the season-ending Sabah Masters last month, decorated Thai Prayad Marksaeng, like Thaworn a past winner of the Singha Esan Open, and countryman Wisut Artjanawat, the 2011 ASEAN PGA Tour number one, are also in the strong field at Singha Park Golf Club from February 14-17.
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Top Thais Set for Singha Showdown

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 15: The Singha E-San Open tees-off tomorrow on the ASEAN PGA Tour teeming with a wealth of Thailand’s top golfers looking to build upon their fine performances in last week’s Thailand Open.

Wisut Artjanawat, who ended joint third on Sunday in the US$1 million OneAsia event, and Udorn Duangdecha, this week’s defending champion and 10th last week, are two players who feel they are on the cusp of victory.

Thaworn Wiratchant and Prom Meesawat tied for 14th and will also fancy their chances at Singha Park Golf Club.
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Thaworn strikes again

June 17: Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant, the recent winner of the inaugural Luang Prabang Laos Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour, enhanced his reputation as a history-maker with victory in the Queen’s Cup on home soil at the weekend.

Thaworn, who won the Laos Open by eight shots, eagled the final hole for a three-under-par 68 at Santiburi Samui Country Club and a three shot victory over Bangladeshi Siddikur and Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines.

It was the 13th title on the Asian Tour for the 45 year old, equalling the record of countryman Thongchai Jaidee.
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Thanyakon claims Singha lead

May 11, Pattaya: Thanyakon Khrongpha, arguably Thailand’s most exciting golfing prospect, took the halfway lead in the US$65,000 Singha Pattaya Open today.

The player who many expect to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious countrymen Thaworn Wiratchant and Thongchai Jaidee, fired a five-under-par 67 at Burapha Golf Club.

Birdies on the last two holes allowed him to finish one stroke ahead of first round leader Prom Meesawat from Thailand.

Defending champion Prom carded a 70 in the second event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
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Terrific Thaworn Triumphs in Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos, May 6: Thai golf’s talisman Thaworn Wiratchant romped to an eight shot victory in the inaugural Luang Prabang Laos Open today.

A final round five-under-par 67, for a 21-under tournament total, saw him secure his third title on the ASEAN PGA Tour and add yet another trophy to a collection that is helping him write his name into history.

Filipino Jay Bayron ended in second place after shooting a 65 while Thanyakon Khrongpha from Thailand was a further four strokes back.

He carded a 71 in the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour, which boasts eight events this year.
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