Samui: Anirban Lahiri had a roller coaster ride over the final eight holes but still managed to finish eighth at the Queen's Cup golf tournament here on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Lahiri, latest in the line of Indian winners on the Asian tour at Panasonic Masters in April, had a final round of 71 and ended eighth at two-under 282.

He had five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in the final eight holes.

Thai favourite Chawalit Plaphol claimed the Queen's Cup to end a frustrating five-year Asian Tour drought.

The 36-year-old, who led by one overnight, produced a polished three-under-par 68 despite a final bogey on 18th at the Santiburi Samui Country Club. He beat countryman Prayad Marksaeng, who closed with a bogey-free 67, by two shots.

Jyoti Randhawa, former Asian Tour number one, looked set for a good finish before the back nine with four bogeys in five holes between 12th and 16th ended his hopes of a top 10 finish. He ended with a 76 and at one-over 285 at tied 16th.

Of the other two Indians, Himmat Rai (70) ended 20th and Digvijay Singh (71) was tied 39th.

Japan's Daisuke Marumaya settled for third place, six shots behind after a 73 while South African Peter Karmis eagled his last hole for a 70 to take fourth place in the $300,000 Asian Tour event.

Chawlit's last win was Bangkok Airways Open, and it came at this same course five years ago. In the past he has also won the King's Cup.

After opening with a bogey on another wind-swept day, Chawalit, who totalled 11-under-par 273, produced some magnificent golf to remain ahead of the chasing pack, shooting birdies on six and eight to keep his one-shot advantage.

The smooth-swinging Thai rolled in a pivotal 15-footer on 11, nearly holed-in-one on 15 for birdie and then converted another birdie opportunity from four feet on 17 to open up a three-shot gap which gave him the luxury of dropping a bogey on the last hole in front of his fans.

Canadian veteran Rick Gibson, who lost in a play-off to Chawalit five years ago, shot the day's best with a 65 to share fifth place with back-in-form Prom Meesawat of Thailand and South African Jbe Kruger on 281.

(Agencies)