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Published: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 9:51:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 9:56:25 PM

Pavit nicks Jakarta title, Steel gets back Tour card

Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand wins the Jakarta Invitational by one stroke on Saturday for his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) triumph. - Asian Tour

Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand wins the Jakarta Invitational by one stroke on Saturday for his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) triumph. - Asian Tour

PETALING JAYA: Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert rode on the wave of three consecutive birdies in the front nine to win the Jakarta Invitational for his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) triumph.

Pavit, who carded a one-under 70 for a four-day total of nine-under 275, finished one shot ahead of Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume and joint overnight leader George Gandranata of Indonesia. The duo closed with rounds of 68 and 71 respectively at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Pavit was delighted with his first professional win outside Thailand which moved him up to seventh in the final ADT rankings after winning US$10,500 (RM34,314.00) and earning six Official World Golf Ranking points.

“I never thought I could win ... George played really well this week and I think I was just a bit luckier. My three consecutive birdies on the front nine gave me an advantage,” said Pavit, who turned professional in 2007.

“My game is good right now. I hope I can play well at the King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin (on the Asian Tour) next week as well.

“If I can get a good finish, I won’t have to go to Qualifying School. I’m looking forward to it and we’ll see how it goes.”

Meanwhile, American James Bowen, Malaysian Iain Steel and Canadian Lindsay Renolds were rewarded with the 2014 Asian Tour cards after finishing in the top-four of the final 2013 ADT Order of Merit.

Steel, who has two wins on the ADT in 2013, secured third place on the Order of Merit with total earnings of US$37,135 (RM121,357).

Steel, who finished tied 33rd in the Jakarta Invitational, is glad to get his Asian Tour career back on track after losing his Tour card two seasons ago.

“This is a second chance for me. I feel really good getting back to where I belong and I’m looking forward to playing on the Asian Tour,” said Steel. 

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