Gavin falters in Thai­land Open

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GAVIN Green's hopes of bag­ging his first Asian Tour ti­tle of the sea­son came to an end when he fin­ished joint 10th with five oth­ers at the Thai­land Open yes­ter­day.

The 23-year-old who fin­ished run­ner-up twice (In­dian Open and Yeangder Her­itage) prior to the Bangkok event, carded a to­tal of 14-un­der-par 270 af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a dis­as­trous 71 on the first round.

Fol­low­ing the re­cent tour­na­ment, Gavin is still fourth on the Asian Tour Or­der of Merit af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing US$244,721 af­ter seven events.

The next best Malaysian fin­isher was Ben Leong on joint 15th with five other golfers af­ter swing­ing to an 13-un­der­par 271.

The event was won by Thai­land's Rat­tanon Wan­nas­richan who clinched his first Asian Tour ti­tle with a two-shot win over Shiv Ka­pur.

Mean­while, Thai teenager Sadom Kaewkan­jana sur­vived a fi­nal round tus­sle with com­pa­triot Witchayanon Chothirun­gru­en­gru­eng to tri­umph in a play­off at the 115th Malaysian Am­a­teur Open yes­ter­day.

Sadom had the lux­ury of three putts to win the cham­pi­onship on the first ex­tra hole af­ter Witchayanon had pulled his tee-shot into the wa­ter hazard and clipped his next two shots into trou­ble be­fore con­ced­ing.

The 20-year-old from Bangkok had ear­lier stormed into a com­mand­ing three-shot lead af­ter a bril­liant front nine birdie run at the Nexus Golf Re­sort Karam­bunai.

But dropped shots on 15 and 16 for a clos­ing two-un­der 69 handed the ini­tia­tive back to overnight leader Sadom, who ral­lied with birdies on 14 and 17 ei­ther side of a bo­gey on 16 to turn in an even-par 71 to level the con­test at four-un­der 280.

An in­spired fi­nal round 67 saw In­dia’s Yashas Chan­dra take sole pos­ses­sion of third on 285 while an­other Thai — Ko­suke Ha­mamoto — was fur­ther two strokes adrift in fourth.

Malaysia’s best fin­isher was Gal­ven Ken­dall Green - the 16year-old na­tional to­talling 11-over par on the back of rounds of 77,69,76 and 73 to set­tle for joint 16th. Farah Azharie

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