Participants at MGA Level 1 Introductory Rules School at Mines Resort Golf & Country Club, 17 Sept 2015
Source: PGM Tour.
Danny Chia won his third Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour title of the season when he registered a massive six-stroke victory over American Casey O’Toole in the PGM Bukit Jawi Championship in Penang today.
Chia shot final round seven-under 65 that featured two eagles on the par-5s and had four birdies and a bogey to go with them. He finished with a 21-under 267 total – his best to date this season.
The victory in the RM200,000 tournament, co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour, and one which carries world rankings points, almost surely secures Chia a slot in the US PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club next month.
The veteran Malaysian pro will move further ahead of Arie Irawan in the world rankings when the revised list is released tomorrow and with only one weekend to go before the cut for the invitation to the event which is set for September 30, Chia looks like he is just about home and dry.
The CIMB Classic reserves a slot for the best-ranked Malaysian in the world standings as of end of the month.
Despite this scenario Chia remained cautious about it today. He said: “It is not yet confirmed, but if I do make it (into the CIMB Classic) then it would be nice. I would definitely give it my best shot.”
Turning to this week’s triumph, which comes after successes at the Panasonic Open Malaysia – Tournament of Champions in January and the PGM Matchplay Championship in April, Chia added: “I’m happy that I managed to pull it off. I had a two-stroke lead at the start of the round and everything went off well today.
“This whole week I struck the ball well and I putted well too. The three weeks before this I struggled to find my rhythm, although I played okay in patches.”
Chia confirmed today that he would be flying out to Japan tomorrow for the Asia Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup.
Irawan, who must now win the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship in Taipei this week to stand any chance of sweeping past Chia in the rankings and snatch the last CIMB Classic berth, settled for a tie for 20th today after a fourth round even-par 72. He finished on three-under 285.
New Zealand’s Sean Riordan also had a 65 and moved up to third place on 274, while Thailand’s Itthipat Buranatanyarat shot a 71 for a 277 total and fourth spot.
Jordan Sherratt (69) of Australia and American Josh Salah (70) were joint fifth on 10-under 278, while Kemarol Baharin was the next best-placed Malaysian, in seventh, after his 69 took him to 280 – another stroke back.
Our next event will be PGM Perlis Closed Championship from 30th September 2015 to 3rd October 2015 at the Putra Golf Club, Kangar, Perlis.
Source: PGM Tour.
Khor Kheng Hawi won his maiden Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour title when he captured the PGM Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club in his hometown today.
Playing in the championship, or last, group, Khor fired an impressive six-under 66 to finish on 13-under 275 and win by a stroke from Nicholas Fung, who was runner-up for the second successive week.
Khor’s round had only one blemish, a bogey on the 72nd hole, but he also had seven birdies on the card, and that proved enough in the end to secure the island title and a cheque worth RM30,600.
Delighted with his first victory on Tour at the age of 31, 10 years after he turned pro, Khor said: “I’m just so happy to have done it at last.
“I have come close a few times over the last two months and today I managed to pull it off. To me, it’s a great relief and I’ll try to build on this success.”
Looking back at his round, Khor added: “I started a bit slow but over the stretch from holes 5 to 15 I had seven birdies and that really made the difference.”
On how it all came together, he said: “My putter was hot today. Almost everything I went for, went in. I didn’t hit the ball too well, but my putting did the trick.”
Following his second-place finish at the I&P Group Closed Championship at Kinrara last week, Fung was forced to settle for the runners-up spot again. He closed with a 65 for a 12-under 276. His low round of the day came by way of seven birdies without blemish.
Mohd Amli Mohd Mohiyedeen (68), Iylia Jamil (Mas) (72) and R Nachimuthu (72) were joint third on 278, while SukreeOthman wa sisxth on 279.