Chiangmai, Thailand - Australia's Scott Hend came from
six-shots behind to win the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic by three
strokes on Sunday, carding a final-round eight-under-par 64.
earned his third Asian Tour title at the Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai,
taking home the winner's cheque of $135 000 with his four-day total of
South African newcomer Bryce Easton, playing in
his first Asian Tour event, also shot a 64 to take second place
overnight leader Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, settled for third on 272
after hitting a poor 74.
China's Hu Mu continued his good
progress, finishing fourth with a 68, while Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee,
who needed to win to have a chance of qualifying for the Masters
Tournament in two weeks, settled tied 10th.
"To be honest, I didn't think I had a chance to win," Hend, 40, said according to a statement released by organisers.
was just looking for a solid top-five finish. Obviously it all fell
together and I played quite well. Unfortunately for the other guys, they
didn't quite keep the pace going which was good for me," he added.
It was a disappointing tournament for four-time major winner Ernie Els,
who switched to his favoured belly putter after three days with the
short stick, and finished tied 14th in the $750 000 Asian Tour
But the British Open champion, who is the process of
phasing out his belly putter owing to an impending ban on anchored
putting, insisted he was in good shape for the upcoming Master's
"I came here to get my swing under control, which I
think it did. The short game is not too bad, everything is kind of
there. It's just the confidence search now," said Els.
African star said he will use the belly putter at the Masters but will
switch to the conventional stick leading up to the US Open in June.
Top scores after round 4 of the Chiangmai Golf Classic (par 72):
268 - Scott Hend (AUS) 68-69-67-64.
271 - Bryce Easton (RSA) 68-67-72-64.
272 - Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 65-67-66-74.
273 - Hu Mu (CHN) 66-69-70-68.
- Jbe' Kruger (RSA) 71-69-70-64, Baek Seuk-hyun (KOR) 69-69-68-68,
Siddikur (BAN) 69-67-69-69, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 71-67-66-70,
Matthew Stieger (AUS) 68-67-68-71
276 - Ernie Els (RSA) 69-71-66-70