Thailand's Jakraphan Premsirigorn claimed his breakthrough win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) after defeating local hope Nicholas Fung by one shot at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters on Sunday.
The 21-year-old closed his campaign with a stunning six-under-par 66 for a winning total of 16-under-par 272 at the $65,000 event. Second-placed Fung also battled to a 66 at the Sarawak Golf Club but failed to overtake Jakraphan, who is playing in his first ADT season.
Malaysia’s R Nachimuthu, who led the first three rounds, returned with a 69 to settle for third while American Dodge Kemmer took fourth on 277 after making a late charge up the leaderboard with a 66.
Australia’s Darren Tan and Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand totalled matching 278s to share fifth after signing for rounds of 68 and 69, respectively.
Jakraphan, who has notched three other top-10 finishes this season, credited 'lady luck’ for his victory.
“I am really lucky today. I putted nicely and I played very well. This win means a lot to me. This will probably be my last ADT event this year,” said Jakraphan, who took home $10,205 for his win.
Jakraphan moved from 14th to seventh on the ADT Order of Merit and earned six Official World Golf Ranking points.
The top-3 on the ADT Order of Merit will earn playing rights for the 2014 Asian Tour.
272 - Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 69-67-70-66
273 - Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 66-70-71-66
274 - R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 65-70-70-69
277 - Dodge KEMMER (USA) 68-68-75-66
278 - Darren TAN (AUS) 71-70-69-68, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 73-69-67-69
280 - Philip MATSSON (THA) 70-75-67-68, Pasavee LERTVILAI (THA) 72-69-71-68, Charles HONG (PHI) 73-67-70-70, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70-70-70-70, Rufino BAYRON (PHI) 73-67-68-72
281 - Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 73-70-71-67, Lionel WEBER (FRA) 73-70-69-69
282 - Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA) 71-69-71-71