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.