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Liang over Prom in playoff at first Manila Masters

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- 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.

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