Golf - Rookie Srithong clinches Manila Masters in thrilling style

In this handout photograph taken and received from the Asian Tour on November 22, 2015, Natipong Srithong of Thailand poses with the Resort World Manila Masters trophy at the Manila Southwood Golf & Country Club in Manila. AFP PHOTO / ASIAN TOUR / AREP KULAL ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ASIAN TOUR / AREP KULAL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (AFP Photo/Arep Kulal)

- Thailand's Natipong Srithong hit a brilliant five-under-par 67 to claim the Manila Masters in thrilling style, becoming the second Thai newcomer to win in successive weeks on the Asian Tour. The 22-year-old, who only turned professional in September, carded a 15-under-par 273 overall score at the par-72 Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club after overcoming a four-shot deficit in the final round. Srithong finished one shot ahead of South Africa's Jbe Kruger -- who closed with a 71 -- while overnight leader Hung Chien-yao of Taiwan, who sank a hole-in-one, was two shots behind alongside compatriot Lee Chieh-po.


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