Marksaeng wins season ender, Hend 7th
BY Bruce Young | Asian Tour | 2014 Kings Cup | Wrap | 19 Jan 2014
Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng has won the final event of the 2013 Asian Tour schedule, the Kings Cup in Hua Hin in Thailand, with a one shot victory over Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg and a further two shots back to Indian Anirban Lahiri and Thai golfers, Chapchai Nirat and Prom Meesawat.
A homeward nine of 32 allowed the 47 year old to catch and pass Karlberg whose opening nine of 31 had established a three shot lead over Marksaeng.
For the 47 year old Marksaeng, a professional for 22 years, it was his eighth Asian Tour victory and the US$180,000 first prize moved him to 7th on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Scott Hend finished a great season well with a share of 7th position, birdies at his final two holes today putting the seal on a season which saw him win on three occasions and secure second position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Hend finished the season with US$571,000 and although more than US$550,000 behind the Order of Merit winner, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, it has been a superb twelve months for the Florida based Queenslander.
Wade Ormsby, who did not play this week because he now has his card for Europe, finished 14th on the Order of Merit.
Andrew Dodt produced a very important weekend for him, his final rounds of 71 and 69 securing a share of 10th position this week but very importantly he has retained his status on the Asian Tour by moving ten positions on the Order of Merit to 48th. The leading 60 regained the right to play the Asian Tour in 2014.
Dodt has lost full status in Europe so his strong weekend was very important to him.
In money list positions, Scott Barr (35th), Unho Park (39th) Dodt (48th), Mathew Stieger (49th), Kieran Pratt (55th), Adam Groom (50th) and Jake Higginbottom (60th) have all managed to retain their status with Higginbottom surviving a roller coaster weekend after missing the cut and drifting in and out of the top 60 as the fortunes of others ebbed and flowed.
Darren Beck (61st), Sam Brazel (66th) and Ryan McCarthy (69th) were players to narrowly miss out as the difference between 60th and 70th was just US$17,000.
For Beck it was a matter of just US$2,000 and when taking into account his disqualification for inadvertently signing an incorrect scorecard in an event just prior to Xmas it makes his near miss all that more frustrating.
Marcus Both, David Lutterus, Matt Jager, Kunal Basin and Tim Stewart were others who will need to return to Tour School if they are to be playing the Asian Tour this year.