Chang Hwa, Chinese Taipei: Overnight leader Pavit Tangkamolprasert outclassed his rivals with a closing four-under-par 67 to win by four shots at the 15th Asian Development Tour (ADT) Chang Hwa Open.
The 25-year-old Thai, who compiled a four-day total of 13-under-par 271, matched the efforts of Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang in claiming a total of four ADT victories since the circuit was inaugurated as a gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010.
Pavit walked away with the winner’s prize purse of US$17,500 and surpassed previous leader Chan at the top of the ADT Order of Merit with his season’s haul of US$68,428.
Niall Turner of Ireland battled to a 70 to sit in second place while England’s Grant Jackson, who carded a 68, was a further shot back in third on 276 at the US$100,000 event, which returned to the ADT schedule for the second straight year this season.
Malaysia’s Arie Irawan returned with the day’s lowest score of 65 to settle for a share of fourth place with Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan and Lin Chien-bing of Chinese Taipei on 278 at the Chang Hwa Golf Club.
Starting the round with a one-shot edge, Pavit continued his consistent form by marking his card with five birdies against a lone bogey to close with a third consecutive 67.
“I’m playing good golf at the moment. This win means everything to me. It gives me a lot of confidence for my next tournament in Macau,” said Pavit, who had received an invitation to play at next week’s US$900,000 Venetian Macau Open on the Asian Tour.
“It’s great to top the ADT Order of Merit. I feel like my hard work has paid off. I feel more confident to play on the Asian Tour now. It’s been a great week for me. I just play my own game out there and not think about anything else today. I tried to stay relax and I’m happy to get a good result,” added Pavit.