Date: September 08, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Both closes with Top 10 finish in Malaysia

Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant has claimed the 13th Asian Tour victory of his career with a three-shot triumph at the Selangor Masters as Australian Marcus Both finished in eighth. While Both and Kieran Pratt failed to launch a serious challenge during Saturday&aposs final round, 45-year-old Thai Wiratchant did come under pressure from Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar and Vietnamese golfer Michael Tran. Tran started five shots behind Wiratchant, while Bhullar was a stroke further back but both carded impressive fourth-round scores to give the leader something to think about. Bhullar managed five birdies on the front nine, while Tran birdied five of the last six holes to make Wiratchant work. But Wiratchant started strongly with four birdies in seven holes to start his final round and while he bogeyed the ninth and 10th, the veteran did enough on the back nine to win with an overall score of 16 under. Wiratchant carded a three-under 69, while Bhullar and Tran scored 66 and 68 respectively. Bhullar finished second on 13 under, while Tran was tied for third with Siddikur of Bangladesh and Spain&aposs Javi Colomo a further shot behind. Sweden&aposs Jesper Kennegard and Jason Knutzon of the USA shared sixth-place on 10 under, while Both was another stroke back alongside the Philippines&apos Mars Pucay. Pratt was one of three men on eight under. Both had an inconsistent fourth round with five birdies and three bogeys to card 70, while Pratt scored 71. Gavin Flint was the next best of the Australian contingent on six under, with Darren Beck (-4), Kunal Bhasin (-3) and Adam Blyth (-1) further back.