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PRAYAD PLANS TITLE RAID AT BLACK MOUNTAIN MASTERS
Hua Hin, Thailand, December 3: Prayad Marksaeng is aiming to end a three-year title drought on the Asian Tour by winning the season-finale US$600,000 Black Mountain Masters in his home town of Hua Hin in two weeks time.
The Thai star, who is a six-time winner on the Asian Tour, will be part of a strong local line-up at the Asian Tour’s season finale which includes this season’s winners Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Udorn Duangdecha.
Title holder Johan Edfors of Sweden, England’s Simon Khan, winner of the Europe’s flagship event the BMW PGA Championship this year, and Mikko Illonen of Finland will also compete in the Black Mountain Masters from December 16-19.
Prayad raised local cheers when he came close to victory at the Black Mountain Golf Club in the inaugural event last year after shooting a final round eight-under-par 64 to finish tied second.
He will be determined to improve by one rung to end his three-year Asian Tour title drought.
“Every tournament that I play in, I’ll always try to win it. But there are many good players who will be playing in the Black Mountain Masters including some of the top names from Europe. I’m not going to take things for granted,” said Prayad, noted for his silky smooth golf swing.
Prayad has endured a mixed season with four top-10s and five missed cuts but believes he is now back to his best form after recovering from an elbow injury and appendix surgery. He finished tied 10th in the recent star-studded Barclays Singapore Open.
“It has been an up-and-down season for me with my injury and surgery but I feel that I’m back to my best and I’m ready to challenge for honours,” said the Thai, who finished second at the Air Bagan Myanmar Open in April.
The Thai, whose first golf club was made with bamboo and a piece of scrap metal, is one of the most successful players on the Asian Tour with six titles and is in the running to claim his fourth top-10 finish on the Order of Merit since 2004.
“My 10th placing in Singapore really pushed me up the Order of Merit and it shows that I’m still able to compete with all these good players. It is going to be an interesting week in Hua Hin and I hope to do well especially when it is in my home town,” said the 44-year-old.
The Black Mountain Masters will see an increased prized fund of US$100,000 to US$600,000, with this year’s winner taking home a cool US$95,100 and a minimum 20 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points after the tournament was awarded the ‘Flagship Status’ by the Governing Board of the OWGR.
Asian Tour GolfGreedy.com