Golf Shafts Asia Tour Support - 2014 Kings Cup Bettinardi Gallery
Golf Shafts Asia Tour Support - 2014 Kings Cup SuperStroke Gallery
Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng completed a Royal double when he posted a six-under-par 66 to win the US$1 million King's Cup Golf Hua Hin at the Black Mountain Golf Club on Sunday. After adding the Queen's Cup to his trophy cabinet in June, the popular winner claimed another deserving victory at the Asian Tour season-ending event with a winning total of 12-under-par 276. Prayad used a Bettinardi Matt Kuchar Model putter given to him by Golf Shafts Asia on his way to victory.
Sweden's Rikard Karlberg, who had taken a share of the lead for the first two rounds, had to settle for second place after signing off with a 67. Thailand's Prom Meesawat will have to wait longer for his second Asian Tour win as a final round 71 saw him finish in equal third alongside compatriot Chapchai Nirat and India's Anirban Lahiri.
"I'm extremely happy to win the King's Cup because it's a great event and also staged in my home town here in Hua Hin. This win is especially special as it's dedicated to all the Thai people," said Prayad, who took home the winner's prize purse of US$180,000 to surpass the US$3 million career earnings mark on the Asian Tour. Prayad, who will turn 48 at the end of the month, showed he is still a force to be reckoned with from the get-go with three birdies in his opening four holes.
After turning in 34, he birdied the par-four 10th to move within two shots back of Karlberg at nine-under. The roars from the galleries erupted when Prayad sank his eagle putt from 20 feet to dethrone Karlberg from the top after the Swede succumbed to his nerves by making consecutive bogeys on holes 13 and 14. Prayad's eighth win on the region's premier Tour was confirmed after another. birdie on the 17th ensured his unassailable lead and victory which he celebrated by jumping into the ninth hole greenside lake.
Karlberg was left to rue what could have been as he never recovered after a costly bogey on the 13th hole. Although he closed with two birdies on holes 17 and 18, it was not enough to catch Prayad on the day where the Thai veteran was at his best.
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