Date: March 17, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Strange finishes well in Thailand

Thailand&aposs Prayad Marksaeng stormed home with a final-round eight-under 64 to win the Thailand Open on Sunday, while Australian Scott Strange finished second. The joint OneAsia and Japan Golf Tour-sanctioned event was Marksaeng&aposs first professional win since 2008, as he finished on 24-under overall – two clear of Strange. Strange carded a five-under 67 for his final round, with his only blemish coming at the 18th when he was chasing a birdie to get him into a playoff, but had to settle for a bogey. Another Australian Nick Cullen also finished strongly on Sunday, registering a seven-under 65 to be 21-under overall and outright third at the Thana City Golf and Sports Club. There were six players tied for fourth – including 2012 champion Chris Wood – on 20-under, with South Korea&aposs Hwang Jung-gon the best performed of that group in the final round after shooting a bogey-free nine under. Rounding out the top 10 were Japan&aposs Hideto Tanihara and Australian Terry Pilkadaris on 19 under. Only 10 players shot over par on Sunday – one of them being third-round leader Lucas Lee of Brazil, who mixed four birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey to finish 18-under overall and tied for 12th. Level with Lee were seven others – including Thailand&aposs Thaworn Wiratchant and South Korean Kim Do-hoon, who both produced course-record equalling rounds of nine-under 63. Australian Matthew Griffin finished tied for 20th on 17 under – seven shots behind Marksaeng – but he was on track for an outright course record when he was 10 under through as many holes after shooting eight straight birdies followed by an eagle. But he had to settle for eight-under 64 after dropping shots at 11 and 15.