M. Sasidaran won his maiden Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour title when he captured the PGM Port Dickson Closed Championship today.
The 40-year-old, who came close on several occasions but did not close them out, joined the winners’ list with a three-stroke victory at Port Dickson Golf & Country Club.
Despite the weather interrupting the play just after midday for two hours, Sasidaran did enough to win with a wire-to-wire effort. He carded a fourth and final day two-over 73 and finished one 11-under 273.
Twenty-year-old Low Khai Jei, who started the round three shots off the lead in second place, also had a 73 and took the runner’s-up spot with a 276 total.
On a day of tough scoring, Lam Yu Shuen had one of just three rounds in the sixties after he signed for a 68. He joined Ben Leong (71) in a tie for third place on seven-under 277.
Multiple winners on the PGM Tour, R. Nachimuthu (71) and Nicholas Fung (72) were joint fifth, another four shots back on three-under 281.
Iylia Jamil’s 73 left him in seventh spot on 282, while Kenneth De Silva (71) and Abel Tam (73) were another two strokes adrift on 284.
Danny Chia, who qualified fro the Olympics Game in Rio de Janeiro last Monday, managed a final round 73 that saw him finish on two-over 286, in 11th place.
Delighted with his victory Sasidaran said afterwards: “Yes I am very happy to have won here.
“I came close and contended many times but could not finish the tournament off with a win. But I did here and I am very happy.”
“As you know, it was not easy, especially today with scoring being so tough and also having the weather break in the middle of it. But I am happy I held on to come through it with the win.”
Sasidaran’s round was marked with a dropped shot at the 1st hole. But he got it back at the next hole with a birdie on the 2nd. Another two birdies at the 10th and 12th holes, coupled with a double-bogey and two more bogeys, proved enough to secure the win.
Khai Jei was doing well until he ran into trouble at the 9th hole. That was the start of three bogeys in a row and successive dropped shots at the 13th and 14th hole blew his chances of the title.
“I started well – birdies at the 2nd and 5th holes. But the run of bogeys from the 9th and the two from the 13th hole really took me out of it,” he said.
“I have been having some issues with my swing and while I played okay over the first three days (67-67-69) today it went poorly from the 9th hole.”
Despite coming up short at the end of it, Khai Jei said he was looking forward to improving his game to attempting to get back into the winners’ circle.