CHIANG RAI : Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat yesterday produced an impressive final round, carding a second 63 to win the Singha Masters by two shots.
Going into the final round trailing Baek Seuk-Hun by one shot, Kiradech reeled off nine birdies in the bogey-free round to finish on 25-under-par 263 at the Santiburi Country Club.
Baek, who led from the opening round, was forced to settle for second place after his final 66 left him on 23-under-par 265.
South Korea's Lee Sung (66) and Sutjet Kooratanapisan (66) tied for third place on 18-under-par 270.
Chapchai Nirat closed with a 71 to share fifth place on 17-under 271, while defending champion Prayad Marksaeng carded a six-under-par 66 to share sixth place on 15-under.
Kiradech, whose nine birdies included five birdies from the third hole, said that his result owed to his hard work over the past year.
"Everything clicked for me this week except my putter," he said.
"It is my first event of the year and I am only 80 percent fit."
In an attempt to end his three-year title drought, Thailand-based Baek, whose final round included seven birdies against a lone bogey, paid tribute to Kiradech but was left to rue his own shortfall.
"Lady luck did not smile on me but I am happy with my game," he said.
"I played well but it was not enough to win _ all credit goes to Kiradech."
"For me, it is not too bad to start the year with a second place."
Kiradech took home 600,000 baht for his second win on the Singha All Thailand Tour, while Baek received 362,000 baht.
In the women's competition, Thidapa Suwannapura struggled en route to carding a final-round 74 but still managed to win with a six-under-par 282.
Porani Chutichai carded 71 to share second place with Jaruporn Palakawong Na Ayutthaya (69) on five-under-par 283.
Thidapa took home the winner's cheque of 70,000 baht while Porani and Jaruporn won 37,500 baht each.
The 14th Singha Masters was the final leg of the Singha All Thailand Tour 2012 and the 2013 calendar will start at the Singha Esan Open on Feb 14-17.
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