Marksaeng pips Aussies to win Thai Open

Veteran Prayad Marksaeng thrilled hometown galleries with a magnificent final round 8-under par 64 to clinch his first Thailand Open title in the opening event of the OneAsia season on Sunday.

Only a few short weeks ago, Thai golf fans were robbed of a celebration for a hometown winner when 18-year-old rookie Ariya Jutanugarn had an unfortunate triple bogey on the final hole in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Prayad Marksaeng Prayad Marksaeng with the winner’s trophy at the Thailand Open (Credit: Paul Lakatos/OneAsia)

47-year old Marksaeng made up for that disappointment in spades by winning the US$1 million event that he considers to be his “most meaningful tournament of the year.”

Marksaeng’s 24-under par total at the Thana City Golf & Sports Club was two shots clear of West Australian Scott Strange with Adelaide’s Nick Cullen shooting a final round 65 to be a further shot back at 21-under in outright third place.

Strange’s final round 67 was marred by a bogey on the final hole when a birdie would have thrust him into a playoff.

Victorian David Mackenzie finished in a tied for 4th at 20-under in a group that included defending champion, Chris Wood from England.

Terry Pilkadaris (tied 10th), Brad Kennedy (tied 12th) and Matthew Griffin (tied 20th) rounded out a very solid start to the OneAsia season for Australians.