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Published: Sunday August 17, 2014 MYT 7:50:00 PM
Updated: Sunday August 17, 2014 MYT 7:52:05 PM

Pavit hits birdie trail to win Terengganu title by one

PETALING JAYA: Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand mounted a late charge to win his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the PGM Terengganu Championship.

The 25-year-old Pavit sank six birdies in his last 12 holes for a five-under 66 and a 13-under 271 total to defeat overnight leader Pijit Petchkasem, also of Thailand, by one shot at the US$60,000 (RM189,000) ADT event.

It was a case of so close but yet so far for Pijit, who settled for second spot after returning with a 71 while Rattanon Wannasrichan completed a top-three finish for Thailand at the Resorts World Kijal on Sunday.

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 where he had to 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 hole which sparked his title charge - a five-birdie trot 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 confident of going low and I putted very well on the back nine to win.

“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.

His win 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.

This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season. Previously, only the top-three players were offered Asian Tour cards.

Tags / Keywords: Pavit Tangkamolprasert, PGM Terengganu Championships, golf, ADT, Asian Development Tour

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