Chawalit Rules at Queen's Cup

Sun 19 Jun 2011

Chawalit Rules at Queen's Cup

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Samui, Thailand, June 19: Local favourite Chawalit Plaphol claimed the Queen’s Cup on Sunday as he ended a frustrating five-year Asian Tour drought and completed a unique Thai double.
The 36-year-old, who led by one overnight, produced a polished three-under-par 68 at the Santiburi Samui Country Club to beat countryman Prayad Marksaeng, who closed with a bogey-free 67, by two shots.
Japan’s Daisuke Marumaya settled for third place, six shots back after a 73 while South African Peter Karmis eagled his last hole for a 70 to take fourth place in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event on the holiday isle of Samui.
“This feels good. I’ve not had a trophy in five years. My last win (Bangkok Airways Open) was also on this course, so I felt quite confident of winning. I’m happy to have the Queen’s trophy as I have won the King’s Cup before when it was a local event,” said Chawalit, who earned US$47,550 for his third Asian Tour success.
After opening with a bogey on another wind-swept day, Chawalit, who totalled 11-under-par 273, produced some magnificent golf to remain ahead of the chasing pack, shooting birdies on six and eight to keep his one-shot advantage.
The smooth-swinging Thai rolled in a pivotal 15-footer on 11, nearly holed-in-one on 15 for birdie and then converted another birdie opportunity from four feet on 17 to open up a three-shot gap which gave him the luxury of dropping a bogey on the last hole in front of his fans.
“I had a good feeling today. It was difficult on every hole with the strong winds. I had to be in control, had to be patient. It was in my hands. My tee shots were good and I wasn’t worried about Maruyama or Prayad. I knew if my tee shots were good, I would be okay,” said Chawalit.
Prayad endured his third top-three finish in seven years at the demanding Santiburi Samui after fighting all the way with a blemish-free card highlighted by four birdies. He turned in 33 but could only produce another birdie on 15 as his countryman eventually coasted to victory.
“I’m happy. I thought if I shot four or five under, I would have a chance to win but Chawalit simply played better. On the back nine, I kept leaving my putts short of the hole,” said the 45-year-old Prayad, who was chasing his seventh Asian Tour win.
“The winds made it difficult all day and it was hard to get the ball close the flags. I am still winless here but one day, I’m sure I will win a tournament in Samui.”
Maruyama stayed within striking reach of the leader after turning in 36 but a costly double bogey on the par three 13th hole following an errant tee shot derailed his title ambition.
“I didn’t play good. I couldn’t make birdies. I just couldn’t putt. It was blowing which made it harder. Chawalit played really good and he deserves the win,” said the Japanese.
Canadian veteran Rick Gibson, who lost in a play-off to Chawalit five years ago, shot the day’s best with a 65 to share fifth place with back-in-form Prom Meesawat of Thailand and South African Jbe Kruger on 281.
Leading final round scores at the Queen's Cup being played at the par 71, 6,870 yards Santiburi Samui Country Club (a- denotes amateur)
273 - Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 70-67-68-68.
275 - Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 65-73-70-67.
279 - Daisuke MARUYAMA (JPN) 68-67-71-73.
280 - Peter KARMIS (RSA) 70-70-70-70.
281 - Rick GIBSON (CAN) 72-74-70-65, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 70-73-71-67, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 67-68-73-73.
282 - Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 72-74-69-67, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 66-72-73-71.
283 - Tjaart VAN DER WALT (RSA) 72-74-68-69, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 69-67-74-73, Gavin FLINT (AUS) 67-71-69-76, Somkiat SRISANGA (THA) 70-67-69-77.
284 – Mo Joong-kyung (KOR) 70-69-71-74, Mars PUCAY (PHI) 70-73-67-74.
285 - SIDDIKUR (BAN) 69-68-74-74, Lin Wen-hong (TPE) 72-68-70-75, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 73-69-67-76.
About the Queen’s Cup
The Queen’s Cup is sponsored by Bangkok Airways, Sports Authority of Thailand, Santiburi Samui Country Club and co-sponsored by Bangkok Hospital Group, Airbus, BCLN, PTT, Samui Property Fund, Bangkok Bank, Bangkok Insurance, Sabre, Arecap and Hertz; and sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Thailand PGA. Media partners include The Nation, Bangkok Shuho, Elite magazine and True Vision. The official hotels for this year’s tournament include Santiburi Resort, Four Seasons Resort, Samui Palm Beach Resort, Chaba Resort, Amarin Victoria, KC Resort and Mercure Samui Buri Resort.
About Bangkok Airways Co., Ltd.
Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com), with the ASIA’S BOUTIQUE AIRLINE slogan, is the first private airline established in Thailand since 1968. Taking off daily with about a hundred flights per day from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways flies travelers from around the world to more than 20 exquisite destinations across Thailand and Asia. To name a few; Samui, Phuket, Trat (Koh Chang), Maldives are amongst the hottest beach selections; whilst Sukhothai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap (Angkor) are of the world heritage personalities, each of which possesses her unique flair.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.  This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Mobile) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.