Date: December 07, 2008

Dodt loses title after play-off

Australian Andrew Dodt has missed out on claiming the Vietnam Masters after losing a thrilling play-off to Thailand&aposs Jaidee Thongchai. Dodt finished equal first with Thongchai and Welshman Rhys Davies on 15-under at the end of the fourth round, ensuring the title would be decided by a three-way play-off. In all, three play-off holes were played with Dodt the first to bow out on the second hole after the trio parred the first. “The positive side of things is that I have secured my playing rights for next year,” said Dodt. “It was a good week. I was nervous heading out to the play-off but credit to Thongchai and Rhys who played well.” “I had a great run on the back nine in regulation play. I fired an eagle on the 10th hole followed by four straight birdies.That was a nice comeback.” Thongchai did enough on the third play-off hole to edge out Davies whose wayward drive into the bunker was followed by a mishit from the sand trap. “I played well even in regulation play. But the play-off was intense,” said Thongchai. “Rhys was unlucky but I took advantage and I&aposm extremely delighted. It&aposs been two years since my last win and to win again brings back a fantastic feeling.” Scott Barr was the next-best Australian on 10-under in a share of sixth spot while Jason King (six-under) and Neven Basic (six-under) finished tied in 18th position.