Date: April 26, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Pilkadaris four shots back

Terry Pilkadaris finished four strokes behind as Thongchai Jaidee won the Ballantine&aposs Championship following a play-off after the tournament at Jeju Island&aposs Pinx Golf Club ended in a three-way tie. The Thai golfer trailed third-round leader Robert-Jan Derksen by four shots coming into the final day. But as the Dutchman fell away, Thongchai shot a round of two-under 70 to move into joint first alongside Spain&aposs Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and local player Kang Sung-hoon on four-under overall. That forced an extra hole at the par-five 18th. After both he and Kang placed their third shot close to the pin, the 39-year-old had to wait as Jeju Island native Kang placed his birdie attempt from six feet just wide of the hole. He then stepped up and holed his own putt from five foot to win his second co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event of the year following his success at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open in March. Pilkadaris was the leading Australian in the field four shots behind the leaders, while compatriots Brett Rumford and Scott Barr were a stroke further back. New Zealand&aposs Mark Brown, who led after the opening day, finished at two-over. Thongchai had trailed Fernandez-Castano then Kang by one shot for most of the fourth round. But, when the leading duo dropped shots at 17 and 18 respectively, Thongchai held par throughout his final eight holes after earlier carding three birdies and a bogey to force the extra hole. He had to watch nervously, however, as both of his opponents had chances to pull further ahead after reaching the 18th green in three shots during their regular round.