Kuching, Malaysia, October 6: Young gun Jakraphan Premsirigorn of Thailand claimed his breakthrough win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) after defeating local hope Nicholas Fung by one shot at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters on Sunday.
The 21-year-old closed his campaign with a stunning six-under-par 66 for a winning total of 16-under-par 272 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event.
Second-placed Fung also battled to a 66 at the Sarawak Golf Club but failed to overtake Jakraphan, who is playing in his first season on the ADT this year.
Malaysia’s R. Nachimuthu, who led the first three rounds, returned with a 69 to settle for third place while American Dodge Kemmer took fourth place on 277 after making a late charge up the leaderboard with a 66.
Australia’s Darren Tan and Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand totalled matching 278s to share fifth place after signing for rounds of 68 and 69 respectively.
Jakraphan, who has notched three other top-10 finishes on the ADT this season, credited ‘lady luck’ for his victory.
“I am really lucky today. I putted nicely and I played very well. This win means a lot to me. I am very happy,” said Jakraphan.
“This will probably be my last ADT event this year. I’m going back home to work on my game and prepare for the Asian Tour Qualifying School next year,” added Jakraphan, who took home the winner’s prize purse of US$10,205 courtesy of his win.
Jakraphan moved from 14th to seventh on the ADT Order of Merit and earned six Official World Golf Ranking points for his win.
Fung was disappointed for missing out on his second ADT win but claimed that Jakraphan deserved the win.
“To be honest, I’m disappointed for not winning but I am happy with my round today. I played well so I can’t complain. Jakraphan played really good. He deserves the win,” said Fung, who is currently the highest-ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
Despite finishing tied-33rd this week, American James Bowen continues to lead the ADT Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$38,036. Fung moved up to second place after adding US$6,706 from his second-place finish this week.
Countryman Iain Steel, who claimed two consecutive wins on the ADT this season, slipped to third while Canadian Lindsay Renolds and England’s Grant Jackson are fourth and fifth respectively.
The top three players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the elite Asian Tour in 2014.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters, 13th leg on the ADT this season, is co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM Tour).
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading final round scores:
272 – Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 69-67-70-66
273 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 66-70-71-66
274 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 65-70-70-69
277 – Dodge KEMMER (USA) 68-68-75-66
278 – Darren TAN (AUS) 71-70-69-68, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 73-69-67-69
280 – Philip MATSSON (THA) 70-75-67-68, Pasavee LERTVILAI (THA) 72-69-71-68, Charles HONG (PHI) 73-67-70-70, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70-70-70-70, Rufino BAYRON (PHI) 73-67-68-72
281 – Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 73-70-71-67, Lionel WEBER (FRA) 73-70-69-69
282 – Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA) 71-69-71-71
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.