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Chapchai sets Asian Tour record

-32 C Nirat (Thai) -21 G Bhullar (Ind), R Moir (Aus) -19 T Srirot (Thai), K Horne (SA), M Purser (Aus)

Chapchai Nirat
Chapchai turned professional at the age of 15

Thailand's Chapchai Nirat carded a new Asian Tour 72-hole scoring record to win the SAIL Open in New Delhi, India.

The 25-year-old fired a final-round 67 to finish with a 32-under-par score of 256 at the Gurgaon Classic Resort.

Chapchai also set a new 36-hole Tour mark on the back of two 62s to finish 11 strokes ahead of Australian Richard Moir and Gaganjeet Bhullar, of India.

Ernie Els held the previous Asian Tour best with a 29-under aggregate at the 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth.

South African Els still holds the record for the lowest winning total for a 72-hole tournament on the US PGA Tour with a 31-under total at the 2003 Mercedes Championship in Hawaii.

Chapchai, for whom this was his third Asian Tour title, said: "My target was to win the title, I was not thinking of the record.

"I felt no pressure on the final putt, but it was a nice to see the ball roll in."

Runners-up Moir and Bhullar, meanwhile, finished with four-round aggregates of 267.

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