Sweet redemption for Pavit as he seals stylish play-off win at the Sabah Masters | Asian Tour

Sweet redemption for Pavit as he seals stylish play-off win at the Sabah Masters

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, November 24: Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert defeated compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai and Australian David Gleeson with an incredible chip-in birdie on the second play-off hole to clinch his second Asian Tour title in style at the Sabah Masters on Sunday.

Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand

The 30-year-old Pavit, who suffered a play-off defeat at the Thailand Open two weeks ago, redeemed himself by emerging victorious in a four-way play-off against Phachara, Gleeson and Aman Raj of India at the Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club.

Pavit marked his week’s best efforts with a closing six-under-par 65 to force extra time with Phachara (67), Gleeson (68) and Raj (63) after the quartet ended regulation play with matching totals of 13-under-par 271s at the US$300,000 full-field Asian Tour event.

The first play-off hole, which was held on the par-four 18, saw Raj bow out with a bogey while the others made pars. The remaining trio found the center fairway on the second extra hole but their second shots were all short of the green.

It was Pavit who sealed the deal with his 15-yard chip-in birdie from the fringe while Phachara and Gleeson missed their chips to settle for pars. Pavit’s birdie on the 74th hole is only the second one recorded in the final round of the Sabah Masters.

The inaugural Sabah Masters is proudly supported by the Tourism Malaysia with an aim to boost tourism in Sabah.

David Gleeson of Australia

Did you know?

  • Pavit Tangkamolprasert marked his week’s lowest round with a closing 65. Starting the final round with a three-shot deficit, Pavit dropped a shot on his third hole but bounced back brilliantly with seven birdies on his way home to force the play-off.
  • Pavit’s stats this week were very strong across the board, he led the field in birdies with 24, Driving Distance 316 yards (1st), Putts/GIR 1.591 (3rd),  Putts/Round 1.44 (5th), GIR 68.06% (T10th) , Driving Accuracy 85.71% (T10th).
  • Pavit is a six-time champion on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), where he was crowned the Order of Merit champion in 2014. He shares the record of the most wins on the ADT with Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei.
  • He claimed his first Asian Tour victory at the 2016 Macao Open, also in a play-off where he defeated India’s Anirban Lahiri.
  • He had also defeated Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang in a play-off at the 2016 Charming Yeandger ADT, which was his biggest victory yet on the region’s secondary circuit.
  • Enjoyed his career-best season yet on the Asian Tour in 2016 where he finished 12th on the Order of Merit.
  • Pavit lost in a playoff at the Thailand Open two weeks ago and had another top-10 on this year’s Asian Tour at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open where he finished tied-sixth.
  • On the All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT), Pavit has racked up eight top-10s in 10 outings this season and in the last two of those in the weeks leading up to Thailand Open, he finished tied-third and tied-second.
  • Pavit moved up from 35th place to 18th place on the Order of Merit following his victory.
  • Pavit comes from a golfing family. His dad brought him into the game and his younger brother and sister are professional golfers too.
  • Phachara Khongwatmai marked his fourth top-10 result this season with his tied-second place finish at the Sabah Masters.
  • The 20-year-old Phachara had led the first two rounds but a double-bogey on the last hole in the third round saw him slip out of the lead for the first time this week. The young Thai, however, fought back brilliantly in the final round with four straight birdies from the 11th hole to secure his berth in the play-off.
  • Phachara came into prominence when he won the 2015 PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship to become the youngest ADT winner at the age of 15.
  • Phachara enjoyed his career-best season yet on the Asian Tour in 2017, where he came in third.
  • David Gleeson, who hails from Queensland, was left to wait longer for his comeback victory after missing out on his fourth title and first since 2011 at the Sabah Masters.
  • The 41-year-old Gleeson had agonisingly missed a 12-footer on the last hole in regulation play to seal the victory.
  • Gleeson’s last victory came at the 2011 Hero Indian Open. He claimed his first victory at the 2002 Volvo China Open and his second title at the 2008 Macau Open.
  • Gleeson’s joint runner-up finish at the Sabah Masters came after missing four cuts in as many starts on Tour this year.  
  • Gleeson turned professional in 1998 and reached a career high of 154th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) in January of 2009.
  • Aman Raj of India secured his 2019 Asian Tour card after coming through the Qualifying School last December. He has enjoyed a consistent season so far, missing only three cuts in 11 starts.
  • The 24-year-old Indian would mark his best result ever on the Asian Tour with his joint runner-up finish at the Sabah Masters this week.
  • After turning professional in 2016, Raj travelled to Thailand for Asian Tour Qualifying School but was forced to return home after fracturing his jaw following a fall in the bathroom. He was out of action for two months after that.
Aman Raj of India

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