Gavin falters in Thailand Open
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