Prayad hits the mark

Prayead Marksaeng wins the inaugural Filipino Open

By Martin on Mon, 21 Feb 2000 - 05:02

Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng won the inaugural $US200, 000 Filipino Open, his first tournament victory for two years.

The dramatic finale saw Marksaeng beat Japan's Tatsuhiko Ichihara and the US pair of Mike Cunning and Ted Purdy by a stroke after all three runners-up missed short birdie putts on the 18th to force a play-off.

Marksaeng's one-under-par 71 and four-round aggregate of five-under-par 283 was enough to win his first title since the 1997 Lexus International in Thailand and pick up $US32, 300 in the process.

"My schedule has been too busy and I have not been able to focus on playing in Asian PGA events. I have been working very hard on my game for the past few months and I feel very happy now and I think I can win again," said Marksaeng, who was the first Thai to play in The Open.