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27th February 2013
Rizam Wins Harvard Satellite
Veteran Triumphs by Six Strokes to Earn His PGM Tour Card
Mohd Rizam Ali won the first PGM Tour event he played this year when he claimed the circuit’s second Satellite event today, at Harvard Golf & Country Club in Gurun, Kedah.
The 51-year-old veteran shot a third and final round even-par 72 for a four-under 212 total. That gave the player from Darulaman Golf & Country Club, also in Kedah, a handsome six-stroke victory and automatic entry to the PGM Tour, having secured his card with the win.
The top-three golfers coming into the last round finished in that order as amateur player Muhammad Wafiyuddin claimed the runner-up’s spot with a one-over 217 total and 17-year-old Muhammad Irfan continued the good run of amateurs at the tournament with a third-place finish on 222, five strokes back.
Farid Rashid was alone in fourth on 223, while amateurs Ahmad Zahir and Muhammad Thaznim were tied for fifth on 226, alongside Ruhaizad Hashim.
Lion Goh, another player from the amateur legion, dropped to eight after starting the final in fourth. He shot a last day five-over 77 that left him on 228.
Khairuazree Sahabudin, Mohd Zahid Jaafar (A) and Mohd Adam Shafiq were joint ninth on 230.
Rizam, who had three birdies and a similar number of bogeys on his card, said he struggled somewhat in the heat, but all the same, was happy to have won it.
“My putting was not that good at all and neither was my driving. But my short game really helped me pull through,” said the winner, who added that he now looked forward to playing more regularly on the PGM Tour.
“This is good for me as I finished 58th on the Order of Merit standings last year and this win gives me the chance to play more now.”
Wafi, a 22-year-old college student at nearby Universiti Utara Malaysia who shot a last round 74, said the three bogeys at the 15th, 16th and 17th holes hurt him, but added that the birdie at the 18th made up for it a little.
“Overall I’m satisfied with how I played over the three days,” said the Public Management student. “I was most comfortable hitting it into the green from 100 yards and less. I hit it close most of the time and gave myself quite a few birdie chances, but my putting let me down. Still, I’m happy with how it ended. It was a good experience.”
Irfan’s father, Razanan, said he was proud of his son’s performance and that they would continue to work on improving his game.
“This is a good result for him. He is only 17 years old and awaiting his SPM results.
“With regards to his game, his long irons and short game were relatively sound, but he needs to work on his driving,” added the proud father.
Irfan carded a final round six-over to go with his 70 and 74 over the first two days. Leader after the opening day, he finished on 222.
The PGM Tour now moves to Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Shah Alam, Selangor, where the RM200,000 Northport Glenmarie Masters will take place from March 6-9.
Leading Final Round Scores
212 Mohd Rizam Ali 72-68-72
217 Muhammad Wafiyuddin (A) 72-71-74
222 Muhammad Irfan (A) 70-74-78
223 Farid Rashid 77-75-71
226 Ahmad Zahir (A) 74-78-74, Ruhaizad Hashim 79-74-73, Muhammad Thaznim (A) 77-77-72
228 Lion Goh (A) 77-74-77
230 Khairuazree Sahabudin 82-76-72, Mohd Zahid Jaafar (A) 78-75-77, Mohd Adam Shafiq 76-78-76
About Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)
Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered on 5th August 2010 in Malaysia. As a non-profit organisation, PGM’s objectives are to promote the sport of golf and to contribute towards its enjoyment and growth. To conduct and/or coordinate training on golf-related courses in order to enhance the playing capabilities and skills of professional golfers, as well as to promote and/or conduct a golf Tour or events as a means to hone their skills and to elevate the standards of the professional golfers in Malaysia. Also, to provide a platform for Malaysia’s professional golfers to enable them to focus on playing while PGM shoulders the responsibility of arranging and financing these tournaments.
To achieve these objectives, PGM organises a series of golf tournaments on an annual basis. For the year 2012, PGM hosted 20 tournaments offering RM3 million in prize money, seven of which were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour.
The schedule for 2013 features 22 tournaments offering prize money of over RM4 million, nine of which are co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour. The expansion of the Tour on an annual basis and the increased prize money is an indicator of its vibrant growth year-on-year.