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Prom Meesawat Wins Singha Thailand Masters at Chiang Rai’s Santiburi Country Club

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CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s Prom Meesawat shot an even-par 72 to claim a one-stroke victory at the five-million-baht Singha Thailand Masters held at Chiang Rai’s Santiburi Country Club.

Holding a one-shot advantage heading into the final round, Prom sank five birdies and five bogeys at the par-72 Santiburi Country Club to finish on 12-under 276.

The 34-year-old from Hua Hin, who triumphed at this course when he was just a 14-year-old amateur in 1999, recovered from two opening bogeys yesterday to fire a final 72 for a total 12-under-par 276, beating young gun Sarit Suwannarat by one shot.

“It’s been a long time since the first victory. But this time it’s very special as I won as a professional player,” said Prom who survived a scare from the 21-year-old Sarit on the final hole to seal the victory.

Sarit Suwannarut finished second on 11-under 277 following a 72.

Thanyakorn Khrongpha (65) finished joint third with Jang Dong-Khu of South Korea (72) on 10-under 278, while Chapchai Nirat was fifth on nine-under 279 after signing off with a 66 in the final round.

American world No.127 John Catlin (69), the highest ranked player in the field, shared sixth with Pavit Tangkamolprasert (71) on eight-under 280.

Six-time winner Prayad Marksaeng shot a 70 to share ninth with Sadom Kaewkanjana (70) and Poom Saksansin (71).

Defending champion Phachara Khongwatmai (71) was tied-12th.