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anuwat bounces back to secure Darulaman title by three
Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek won his second Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour title when he captured the RM200,000 PGM Darulaman Championship at Darulaman Golf & Country Club in Kedah today.
Following his maiden Tour victory in Malaysia at the Terengganu Championship last year, Panuwat led the first two rounds here in Darulaman with a 65 and a 69, before slipping back with a third round 73 yesterday.
However, a blistering six-under 66 in today’s fourth and final round saw the 30-year-old regain the initiative and take the crown.
Panuwat’s intentions were clearly stated at the onset of the round as he eagled the par-5 1st hole. He then added a further five birdies to his card and even a bogey at the last hole could not deny the Thai, who finished with a 15-under 273 total and three-stroke cushions at the top of the leaderboard.
“Everything went very well for me today,” said Panuwat after his win, “I was a little nervous at the start but I just hung in there and gave it my best shot.
“I have won before – at Terengganu last season – and I know I can do it again,” he added, as he collected the winner’s cheque of RM35,000.
Turning to the start of his round, Panuwat said of par-5 1st hole: “I hit a good drive and my second shot was with a four-iron from 213 yards. It landed just four-feet from the pin and I sunk the putt to make eagle.
“It was a great start to the round amd it gave me a lot of confidence. And I kept telling myself I can do it,” said Panuwat.
His compatriot Chanat Sakulpolphaisan made up ground in the final round with a 67 that secured him second place with a 276 total.
Meanwhile, American Johannes Veerman (67), Suradit Yongcharoenchai (69) also of Thailand and Indonesia’s Shubhankar Sharma (70) were joint third, another shot back on 277.
John Catlin, of the US, who stormed into a tie for lead after the third round yesterday, stumbled to an even-par 72 today and finished sixth. He was 10-under 278.
Young Irfan Yusoff, who only turns 22 at the end of the month, finished the best-placed Malaysian in joint seventh place.
Joint overnight leader Irfan, who already has a PGM Tour title under his belt following his win at the PGM Impian Closed Championship last season, shot final day 73. That left him on nine-under 279, alongside Chikkarangappa. S (67) of Indonesia.
Malaysians Gavin Green (71) and Airil Rizman (74) finished up in an eight-way tie for ninth on 280. Airil was also joint overnight leader at the PGM Darulaman Championship, an event co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and one that carries world ranking points.
Leading Fourth Round Scores
273 Panuwat Muenlek (Tha) 65-69-73-66
276 Chanat Sakulpolphaisan (Tha) 67-72-70-67
277 Johannes Veerman (US) 71-69-70-67, Suradit Yongcharoenchai (Tha) 69-71-68-69, Shubhankar Sharma (Ind) 70-70-67-70
278 John Catlin (US) 69-71-66-72
279 Chikkarangappa. S (Ind) 71-71-70-67, Irfan Yusoff (Mas) 69-69-68-73
280 Wisut Artjanawat (Tha) 74-71-66-69, James Byrne (Sco) 67-73-71-69, Danny Masrin (Ina) 67-69-73-71, Gavin Green (Mas) 68-69-72-71, Nick Sherwood (US) 67-72-70-71, Itthipat Buranatanyarat (Tha) 69-71-69-71, Pasamet Pogamnerd (Tha) 70-70-69-71, Airil Rizman (Mas) 71-67-68-74
281 Dodge Kemmer (US) 71-71-69-70, Cao Yi (Chn) 72-71-67-71, John Michael O'Toole (US) 69-68-71-73