Korean-American David Lipsky captures Asian Tour Order of Merit

David Lipsky was crowned the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion on Sunday despite a plucky showing by his closest rival, Anirban Lahiri, at the Thailand Golf Championship.
David Lipsky of the US shows off the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit trophy after the final round of the Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chon Buri. Paul Kakatos /  AFP
David Lipsky of the US shows off the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit trophy after the final round of the Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chon Buri. Paul Kakatos / AFP

BANGKOK // David Lipsky was crowned the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion on Sunday despite a plucky showing by his closest rival, Anirban Lahiri, at the Thailand Golf Championship.

The Korean-American was forced into an anxious clubhouse wait after a ponderous three-over 75 in the final round left him tied 38th for the tournament, with Lahiri still playing for a top spot in the US$1 million (Dh3.67m) event.

The Indian needed a top-four finish in Thailand to take the Order of Merit race to this week’s Dubai Open, which begins Thursday at the Els Club.

He fell short, though, tying for sixth with a one-over 73.

It gave Lipsky, 26, an unassailable $713,901 purse for the year with Lahiri second on $602,833, followed by Thailand’s Prom Meesawat with $527,921.

“This win means a lot to me and I’m feeling a lot of pride. This is something which I aspired to do. Now I know that if I play well, I can compete against the best,” said Lipsky, , who played 13 tournaments on the tour this year.

“It has been an up-and-down year for me, and this week is a perfect example. I thought I was playing well but ended up in 38th place.

“Overall, the year has been good, and reflecting back on it I couldn’t have been more proud of what I’ve accomplished.”

After congratulating his rival, Lahiri vowed to come back stronger.

“I’ll be back, and winning the Order of Merit is definitely one of those things I want to do in my career,” he said.

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Published: December 14, 2014 04:00 AM

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