India's rising golfer S. Chikka scored two - under 70 as he settled for the third place after suffering a late meltdown in the fourth and final round of the $150, 000 Charming Yeangder ADT here on Sunday.
Chikka, who was overnight tied first with Lin Wen - tang, held a five - shot lead at one point after a strong start with four consecutive birdies. Then he hit a birdie on the seventh hole, after which he made his first drop - shot of the week with a double - bogey on the 12th.
He picked up two birdies right away but another double - bogey on the 15th and a bogey on the 16th saw victory slip away from his grasp as he signed for a 70 to finish one - shot back of Lin and Pavit at the National Golf and Country Club.
He totalled 19 - under 269, while Lin (69) and Pavit (67) tied at 268.
"I played well, especially at the start. I think I was just unlucky on the back. I hit a bad drive and a bad second shot to make a double - bogey on 12. I managed to recover from that but my ball caught a flyer on the 15 and I made another double there. I played some amazing golf today but I think luck was just not on my side, " said the 22 - year - old Indian, a two - time winner on the ADT.
"I guess these things do happen. I was really happy with how I have been playing, especially staying bogey - free for most of the week. It's still a learning experience for me. I played so good and it was three bad shots that costed me my win. It's all part of the game, " added Chikka.
Lin and Pavit returned to the par - four 18the for the play - off battle where both of them birdied the first two play - off holes and shot matching pars on the third before Pavit outplayed Lin with a birdie against a par on the fourth and final hole.
Pavit's victory at the Charming Yeangder ADT saw him match local talent Chan Shih - chang's record of holding the most number of victories on the region's premier Tour. He also took over the driver's seat on the current Order of Merit with a season's haul of $31, 334.
American Johannes Veerman and young Thai Phachara Khongwatmai shared fourth on 272 following identical rounds of 69 while last year's champion Hsieh Chi - hsien of Chinese Taipei also carded a 69 to take eighth place on his own on 276.