Argentina’s Miguel Carballo prevailed in a three-way playoff to secure his first win in Thailand at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on Sunday.
The 40-year-old, who shared the top of the leaderboard with South Korea’s Joohyung Kim and local Chinnarat Phadungsil on 15-under-265 after 72 holes, birdied the first playoff hole to win the 2-million baht tournament, co-sanctioned by All Thailand Golf Tour and Asian Development Tour.
“I am very happy to win for the first time in Thailand,” said the Argentine, who was a two-time winner on web.com tour.
Carballo, who was four shots behind the leader after three rounds, started a final round with a first-hole bogey but fought back immediately with a second hole birdie. He then sank five consecutive birdies starting from 6th and took the lead on 16-under with an eagle at 14th. He should have won the tile in regulation only to suffer a final- hole bogey.
Carballo became the eight foreigner to have won on the All Thailand Golf tour after John Catlin (Singha Chiang Mai Open 2018), Baek Seuk-Hyun (Singha Championship 2013), Michael Tran of Vietnam ( Singha Classic 2011), Lam Chih Bing of Singapore (Singha Masters 2010), Kang Min-woong of South Korea ( Singha Masters 2011), Felix Casas of the Philippines (Be-ing TPC Chanpionship 2008) and Jim Johnson of USA (TPC-Championship 2003).
He took home 300,000 baht while Chinnarat and overnight leader Kim, who fired a 65 and a 68 in the final round respectively, got 149, 500 baht.
Hein Sithu of Myanmar shot a 67 to finish fourth on 13-under while Itthipat Buranatanyarat (65) Sam Gillis of USA (67), Pannakorn Uthaipas (69) and Suradit Yongcharoenchai (71) were joint sixth on 11-under.
Sadom Kaewkanjana, who is leading on the money list, closed with a 67 to finish tied for 10th on 10-under with Nitithorn Thippong (66). Kwanchai Tannin, who won at the 5th leg of the All Thailand Golf Tour in Chiang Mai, improved with a 66 to share 12th with KammalasNamuangruk (66).
Chanachok Deipiratanamongkol, who won the inaugural edition in 2017, posted a 70 for a 4-under to share 32nd.
The next leg of the All Thailand Golf Tour 2019 is the Singha Classic to be held at Royal Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Nakhon Nayok from May 30-June 2.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ravi Chardran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket integrated resort, felt honored to be part of such a great event, regarded as another highlight on the annual calendar of the Laguna Phuket.
“Thanks to All Thailand Golf Tour and Asian Development Tour for bringing this event back to Laguna Phuket, following our recent award of “Best Sports Event Venue in Thailand” at SPIA Asia. With our long history of destination sporting events including the Marathon and Triathlon, this professional golf tournament is now another highlight on our annual calendar,” he said.
“It’s a shame that nobody walked away with Banyan Tree Group’s special USD 10,000 hole-in-one prize to celebrate its 25th anniversary, but the champion Argentina’s Miguel Carballo will get to stay at our flagship resort Banyan Tree Phuket as part of his winning prizes.”