Miaoli, Chinese Taipei: Thai hotshot Pavit Tangkamolprasert held off local hero Lin Wen-tang on the fourth play-off hole to claim his fifth Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the US$150,000 Charming Yeangder ADT.
The 26-year-old Pavit carded a five-under-par 67 after closing with three straight birdies to force extra time with Lin, who returned with a 69. The duo tied on 20-under 268 in regulation play at the National Golf and Country Club.
Returning to the par-four 18th for the play-off, both birdied the hole on the first two occasions. They then halved it in pars before Pavit prevailed with a birdie against a par at the fourth time of asking.
“I didn’t expect to win. The turning point came on the 16th after I birdied. I went on to sink a 15-footer for another birdie on 17 which gave me confidence heading into the last.
“I think I got lucky in the play-off too. Both Lin and I were very tired, having to walk up the 18th hole so many times,” said Pavit, the 2014 ADT Order of Merit champion.
“It’s been a while since I last won on the ADT. My last ADT win was in Chinese Taipei in 2014. I love this place a lot now,” added Pavit, who took home the winner’s prize of US$26,250 and received six Official World Golf Ranking points courtesy of his win.
Pavit’s victory at the Charming Yeangder ADT saw him match local talent Chan Shih-chang’s record of holding the most number of victories on the circuit. He also moved to the top of this season’s Order of Merit with US$31,334 in winnings.
Lin, who had the local crowd cheering him on, conceded he needs to improve on his fitness as he was unable to keep pace with Pavit towards the end of the play-off.
“I will be lying to you if I tell you I am not tired. Pavit’s mental game was really good. He didn’t seem to be affected when I sank my birdie putts on the first two play-off holes. To me, I think I have won. I played some good golf out there and I believed the spectators enjoyed watching,” said Lin, a six-time winner on the Asian Tour.
Despite missing out on victory, Lin was delighted to earn some world ranking points as he is bidding to represent Chinese Taipei in August’s Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“It will be an honour for me if I can represent my country in the Olympic Games. I don’t want to give myself pressure but I will definitely give it my best shot in the upcoming tournaments. We have a lot of young and good players from Chinese Taipei and it will be great if our country can be represented,” added the 41-year-old Lin.
Indian S. Chikkarangappa, who held a five-shot lead at one point after a strong start with four consecutive birdies, settled for third place after suffering a late meltdown.
Two double-bogeys down the stretch meant he signed for a 70 to finish one shot back off the pace.