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Prayad Marksaeng

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Player Notes

Learned to play golf in Hua Hin as he had to walk through a golf course daily to get to school and his first club was made with bamboo and a piece of scrap metal. Tipped by Greg Norman to be a world-class player after the Aussie great played alongside him in the Dubai Desert Classic in 1996. . .A laidback character. . .Prayad claimed the biggest win of his career when he lifted the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia on home soil in 2007. It capped a fine season for Prayad, who also registered six other Top-10 en route to finishing fifth on the Order of Merit. He also continued to reap the rewards in Japan, registering seven Top-10 which helped him to 10th place on the money list. . .One of Asia's finest players, Prayad ended a five-year title drought with a playoff victory over Marcus Both at the 2005 Crowne Plaza Open, Beijing. In 2006, he enjoyed six Top-10 on the Asian Tour and also enjoyed a solid run in Japan with seven Top-10 finishes. In 2004, the Thai endured a season of near misses. He had opportunities to win the BMW Asian Open and Volvo Masters of Asia but settled for third place. Also finished third in the Carlsberg Malaysian Open and runner-up in the Thailand Open. Enjoyed five Top-10 in Japan in 2005. Was a member of the winning Asian team in the 2003 and 2005 Dynasty Cup against Japan. In 2001 he made headlines in the Volvo Masters of Malaysia when he shot a then Asian record of eight birdies in a row. Also made his debut on the Japan Golf Tour that year. In 1999, he became the first player from his country to qualify for the British Open. Voted Asian Golfer of the Year in 1997 following wins at the Yokohama Singapore PGA Championship and Thai International. Enjoyed an excellent amateur career, winning the individual and team title in the Putra Cup in 1988. Also helped his country win the Southeast Asian Games team title in 1987. Japan PGA Tour Summary: Has played full time on the Japan Golf Tour since 2001, winning for the first time in 2008

Career Victories

Asian Tour
6 - 1996 Volvo China Open; 1997 Yokohama Singapore PGA Championship; 1997 Thai International; 2000 Casino Filipino Open, Philippines, 2005 Crowne Plaza Open, Beijing, 2007 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand

Japan PGA Tour
2008, The Crowns 68-70-69-70=277 -3 9T-19T-10T-12T ?2,115,428, Pine Valley Beijing Open 69-70-72-71=282 -6 13T-13T-4T-7T ?2,551,659, Japan PGA Championship 74-71-69-71=285 -3 86T-54T-33T-27T ?859,300, Munsingwear Open KSB Cup 72-69-73-68=282 -6 51T-27T-45T-20T ?1,037,142, Mitsubishi Diamond Cup Golf 70-70-66-68=274 -10 13T-5T-2T-WIN ?22,000,000, Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic 69-66-69-65=269 -15 15T-2-5T-WIN ?26,000,000, UBS Japan Golf Tour Championship Shishido Hills 70-71-70-76=287 +3 7T-14T-13-18T ?1,890,000, Marksaeng has earned ?56,453,529 ($532,329) and is presently 1st on the Japan Golf Tour

Other
2007 Singha E. San Open, 2008 Singha Masters

Career Summary

2001 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes: 3; Scoring aver@!BIO = Age: 70.88 (ranked 15th); money - ?18,777,425 or $177,061 (ranked 53rd); best finish - T3rd , Juken Sangyo Open Hiroshima Aiful Cup.

2002 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes: 2; Scoring aver@!BIO = Age: 70.95 (ranked 20th); money - ?33,506,766 or $315,952 (ranked 30th); best finish - 2nd, The Crowns

2003 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.73 (ranked T10th); money - ?35,958,795 or $339,074 (ranked 28th); best finish - 3rd, Japan Open.

2004 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.17 (ranked T30th); money - ?24,649,770 or $232,435 (ranked 47th); best finish - T4th, Sun Chlorella Classic.

2005 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.32 (ranked T4th); money - ?37,194,449 or $350,725 (ranked 35th); best finish -T2nd, Under Armour KBC Augusta.

2006 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.56 (ranked T12th); money - ?44,298,951 or $417,717 (ranked 26th); best finish - T2nd, Sun Chlorella Classic.

2007 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.14 (ranked 5th); money - ?56,076,178 or $528,771 (ranked 10th); best finish - 2nd, Woodone Open Hiroshima.

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