Chapchai's Order of Merit hopes dashed

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2007, 12:00am

A disastrous round of 6-over-par 76 - which included a quintuple bogey - effectively derailed Chapchai Nirat's chances of winning the 2007 Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Chapchai (pictured), who is fourth in the rankings, started the third round as rankings leader Liang Wenchong's biggest threat after second-placed Anton Haig missed the cut and third-placed Scott Hend elected to miss the Fanling showpiece in favour of attending PGA Tour qualifying in the US. 'I didn't have any feel today,' complained the 24-year-old Thai, who has accumulated over US$340,000 this year, about US$150,000 behind Liang. 'The Order of Merit title race is over for me now; I'll be satisfied with a top-three finish.' Chapchai's round started brightly with three consecutive birdies from the third hole. But a hooked drive out of bounds at the difficult ninth, followed by a succession of errant shots, resulted in a nine at the par-four hole, which halted any further momentum.

'I can't remember the last time I made such a high score,' said Chapchai who, at five-over-par for the tournament, is in last place.