Japan’s Hiratsuka takes Black Mountain Masters

Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka claimed his third title of the season Sunday when he won the 600,000-dollar Black Mountain Masters after a play-off against Thai youngster Namchoak Tantipokakul.

Hiratsuka triumphed in the Asian Tour’s season-finale at the Black Mountain Golf Club with a par at the first play-off hole on the par-five 18th to pip Namchoak, who bogeyed in extra time.

The Japanese veteran, who also won the Air Bagan Myanmar Open and Queen’s Cup in Thailand earlier this season, signed off with a one-under-par 71 and was caught by a fast-charging Namchoak, who ended with a 65 for a 14-under-par 274 in a thrilling end to the season.

"After I missed a putt (to win in regulation), I knew I still had a chance in the play-off," said the 39-year-old Hiratsuka, whose 95,100-dollar cheque saw him end the season in fifth place on the final Order of Merit.

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