In-Form Sattaya Soars at Impian

Sattaya Supupramai reigned at Impian.
Sattaya Supupramai reigned at Impian.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Thailand’s Sattaya Supupramai carded a third consecutive five-under-par 67 to clinch his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at the weather-disrupted PGM UMW Impian Championship.

The RM200,000 (about US$60,000) event, which was affected by several suspensions due to inclement weather throughout the week, had earlier been reduced to 54-holes by tournament officials.  The third and final round, scheduled to resume at 9.30 am local time, was delayed by two hours on Saturday morning due to persistent rain.

Sattaya compiled a three-day total of 15-under-par 201 to win by two shots over Ben Leong of Malaysia, who signed for a 67, at the Impian Golf and Country Club.

Malaysian Airil Rizman settled for third place on 205 following a 67 while Arie Irawan, also of Malaysia, recorded the day’s lowest score of 66 to share fourth place with American Casey O’Toole (68) and Thai Annop Tangkamolprasert (69) on 207.

Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang remained second on the Order of Merit, behind Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert, after closing with a 69 to share seventh place with local veteran R. Nachimuthu on 208.

Pavit, who signed for a closing 70 to finish tied-29th leads the merit standings by a mere US$252.

Sattaya took home a winner’s prize purse of US$10,635 and six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

“I am very happy because this win will secure my place in top-five on the merit rankings. The conditions have been tough, especially having to stop and restart our rounds so many times. Having a strong mindset is really important in situations like this. I told myself to stay patient and focused,” said the 30-year-old Thai.

Sattaya notched a top-10 finish at the Asian Tour’s Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in September, two weeks after claiming his second ADT victory in Malaysia.

“That top-10 finish on the Asian Tour gave me a lot of confidence. It shows that I am able to compete against the top players in the region. I’m looking forward to playing on the Asian Tour in the next couple of weeks,” added Sattaya, who mixed his card with six birdies against a lone bogey.

Leong, a one-time winner on the Asian Tour, capped a flawless back nine highlighted by two birdies and one eagle to mark his best finish on the ADT this season.

“It has been a good week for me. I couldn’t expect more. I’m actually surprised with my score. It’s been good since returning to competitive golf, having secured one win on the domestic Tour and a second-placed finish this week.

“I’ll be playing a couple more events on the local Tour before heading to Asian Tour Qualifying School early next year. Hopefully I can keep up my momentum,” said the 28-year-old, who sat out the entire 2013 season due to a back injury.


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