Asian Tour: Pagunsan 2nd; Tabuena 10th in Queen’s Cup

18 06 2012

Samui, Thailand – Thaworn Wiratchant won his 13th Asian Tour title at the 2012 Queen’s Cup. The 45 year old Thai parbuster equalled fellow Thai Thongchai Jaidee’s record of Asian Tour victories.  His latest win was worth US$47,550.  He was 3 shots ahead of Siddikur of Bangladesh and reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines.

Pagunsan was playing in his first tournament in the 2012 Asian Tour after staying almost exclusively in the cash rich-Japan Golf Tour.  He opened the tournament with a terrible 75 but rallied in the 2nd round with a 65 to qualify for the weekend play. His 72-68 wind-up netted him $25,425.

Filipino youngster Miguel Tabuena limped home with a final round 76 after leading in the first 3 rounds. He was able to earn his first ever top 10 finish in the Asian Tour.  The $5,662.50 he earned in the tournament is the biggest so far in his professional career.  He finished 11th in the Philippine Open this year after collapsing with a final round 81. His experience in the Queen’s Cup will definitely give him lessons on staying on his nerves.

Top Finishers:

277 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-67-72-68.

280 – Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 75-65-72-68, SIDDIKUR (BAN) 70-68-71-71.

281 – Himmat RAI (IND) 70-72-72-67, Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 70-72-69-70.

282 – Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 69-75-69-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-68-72-71, Varut CHOMCHALAM (THA) 72-71-66-73.

284 – Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA) 67-74-73-70.

285 – Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 76-70-75-64, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 67-70-72-76.

286 – Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-73-71-71, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 68-72-74-72, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 68-73-70-75, Jonathan MOORE (USA) 72-72-67-75.

287 – Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 73-69-71-74.

*photos are from Asian Tour website





Asian Tour: Filipino Elmer Salvadar finishes 2nd in the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic

18 03 2012

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Filipino Elmer Salvador finished second in the inaugural $300,000 HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic after losing to Asian Tour rookie David Lipsky in the first playoff hole. Salvador had a chance to win the tournament outright in the 18th hole but he missed his putt. He settled for a playoff where Qualifying School winner Lipsky sank a clinching chip-in birdie.

The win was worth $47,550 for the American while Salvador pocketed $32,550 (P1.38-million) for his effort. Salvador is still seeking his maiden win in the Asian Tour as he also lot in the playoffs in  last year’s ISPS Handa Singapore Classic.

Salvador in action (from pinoygolfer.com)

 

Top Ten:

POS STARTED NAME NAT. R1 R2 R3 R4 TO PAR HOLE/(AGG)
1 8 David LIPSKY sponsored by Titleist 73 68 67 65 -15 (273)
2 3 Elmer SALVADOR sponsored by Titleist 68 69 68 68 -15 (273)
3 2 Niall TURNER sponsored by Titleist 67 67 68 72 -14 (274)
4 5 BAEK Seuk-hyun 66 71 69 69 -13 (275)
4 11 Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL sponsored by Titleist 69 64 76 66 -13 (275)
4 20 Kalle SAMOOJA sponsored by Titleist 72 69 69 65 -13 (275)
7 1 KIM Hyung-sung 68 65 68 75 -12 (276)
7 3 Thanyakon KHRONGPHA 71 66 68 71 -12 (276)
7 20 KIM Gi-whan sponsored by Titleist 69 71 70 66 -12 (276)
10 34 Thaworn WIRATCHANT sponsored by Titleist 71 70 71 66 -10 (278)
10 27 Scott BARR sponsored by Titleist 71 71 69 67 -10 (278)
10 11 Chawalit PLAPHOL sponsored by Titleist 68 70 71 69 -10 (278)
10 20 Berry HENSON sponsored by Titleist 68 72 70 68 -10 (278)
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