Juvic Pagunsan fired a sizzling 68 but that wasn’t enough to overhaul Thaworn Wiratchant, who matched that number with a final-hole eagle and finished at seven-under 277 for a three-stroke win in the Queen’s Cup on Sunday in Samui, Thailand.
Last year’s Order of Merit topnotcher, Pagunsan birdied the final two holes and finished at four-under 280 for a share of second place with Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh (71) as he took over after compatriot and three-day co-leader Miguel Tabuena faded in the final round.
Both Pagunsan and Rahman bagged US$25,425.
The top prize of US$47,550 went to the veteran Thaworn, who bagged his 13th Asian Tour title and his first since a win in Taipei in 2010.
“Really happy because in the first three holes I had two bogeys already then I came back… it’s a good round today even if the wind was too strong,” Pagunsan told asiantour.com.
After shooting an opening-round 75, Pagunsan began climbing the leaderboard with a 65 and a 72 before launching his final-round charge that featured four birdies in a flawless back nine at Santiburi Samui Country Club.
Teenage sensation Tabuena looked set to make a serious challenge for the title after holding a share of the lead for three days. Instead, his final round invoked memories of his final-round collapse in the Philippine Open just a few months ago.
The 17-year-old had two double-bogeys and a bogey on the outward nine en route to a 76. He finished tied for 10th at 285 with Chinnarat Phadungsil, who had the day’s low of 64. They won US$5,662 each.
Antonio Lascuna closed with a 72 for a 288 aggregate, Mars Pucay had a 76 and wound up at 290, Jay Bayron had a 71 for a 291 total and Angelo Que finished at 294 after a 76.