Liang over Prom in playoff at first Manila Masters

Liang Wen-chong won the inaugural Manila Masters in a playoff
Sunday, and then donated half of his earnings to help victims from
Typhoon Haiyan.

The Asian Tour staged the tournament despite the ongoing
humanitarian crisis in neighboring areas of the Philippines.

Liang birdied the final hole for a 3-under 69 to force a playoff
with Prom Meesawat of Thailand. In the playoff, Meesawat found a
bunker on the par-5 closing hole. Liang rolled his long eagle
attempt to within inches of the cup for a tap-in birdie and the
win.

Liang earned $135,000, and said he was giving half of it away to
relief efforts.

”Before coming over to the Philippines, I was really affected
by what I saw of the damage and victims suffering from the
aftermath of the typhoon on television,” Liang said on the Asian
Tour’s website. ”I’ve decided to donate 50 percent of my winnings
to do my part and support the relief efforts.”

The Asian Tour decided to go through with the tournament at the
Southwoods Golf and Country Club after consulting with local golf
associations, authorities and relief agencies. Chief executive Mike
Kerr said the tour felt the best way it could help was by staging
the competition and supporting aid and relief programs.