Pavit Prevails After Late Charge

Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert celebrates his victory. Picture by PGM Tour/Arep Kulal
Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert celebrates his victory. Picture by PGM Tour/Arep Kulal

Terengganu, Malaysia: Pavit Tangkamolprasert captured his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the PGM Terengganu Championship.
The 25-year-old Thai sank six birdies in his last 12 holes for a five-under-par 66 and a 13-under 271 total to defeat overnight leader Pijit Petchkasem, also of Thailand, by one shot at the RM200,000 (about US$60,000) event.
It was a case of so close but yet so far again for Pijit, who settled for second after returning with a 71 while Rattanon Wannasrichan completed a top-three finish for Thailand at the Resorts World Kijal. Shaaban Hussin (71) was the best placed Malaysian in fourth after ending his campaign on 276.
Pavit, who won his first ADT title in the 2013 season-ending event in Jakarta, credited a hot putter for his fightback that saw him overcome a four-shot deficit in the final round.
He opened with five pars and dropped a shot on six before holing the putt of the day from 20 feet on the par-three seventh which sparked his title charge as he returned with five other birdies to seal the win.
“I’m very happy to come from behind and win. I knew I was in contention but I didn’t think of a number to shoot in the last round. I was quite confidence of going low and I putted very well on the back nine.
“The birdie on seven was decisive. I was one-over and I couldn’t sink my putts early in the round. The birdie on seven helped me gain confidence and I continued my momentum from there,” said Pavit, who won about US$11,111 and earned six Official World Golf Ranking points.
Pavit’s victory pushed him to second on the ADT Order of Merit and the Thai is determined to stay inside the top-five on the Merit list until the end of the season as it will earn him an Asian Tour card for 2015.
“It is still long way to go (eight ADT events remaining) and anybody can finish inside the top-five. I played on the Asian Tour in 2009 and 2010 and I have some experience of playing there. It is tough playing on the Asian Tour but I really miss playing on the main Tour,” said Pavit.

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