9th March 2013
Danny Clinches 2013 PGM Northport Title
Great duel in thrilling climax as Nicholas makes a charge
Danny brushed aside all the talk that Malaysians have great difficulty winning Asian Development Tour events when he and PGM Tour’s Order of Merit Nicholas Fung engaged in a thrilling climax to the RM200,000 Northport Glenmarie Masters today.
Danny, who won the PGM Tour’s opening tournament of the season – the I&P Kinrara Classic in January – followed that up with a one-stroke victory over Nicholas at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, secured only with a birdie on the 72nd hole.
Malaysia’s top-ranked player, who heads to India tomorrow for the Asian Tour’s Avantha Masters, finished the taxing tournament on eight-under-par 280. He carded a final round of one-under 71 and declared afterwards that while “it was not pretty, I am very happy with the win”.
The 40-year-old, who for long has been the country’s leading light, added: “I am also pleased that this win silences the critics who say that Malaysians have a tough time winning the PGM Tour’s co-sanctioned events with the ADT.
Turning to the duel down the final stretch, Danny said: “It was close and I’m really happy that I came through with the win. Nicholas played well and while I didn’t do as well as I would have liked over the last two days, the win is most welcome.
“I thought I played good golf in the first two rounds, but yesterday and today I struggled finding the green and that cost me a little,” Danny added, in reference to shooting 74 and 71 in the third and fourth rounds, that went with his 67 and 68 over the first two days.
Nicholas, who shot a last round three-under 69, following a 73, 69 and 70 in the first three rounds, said he was somewhat disappointed not to have clinched it when coming so close, but added that he remained pleased with his overall performance and that his “good form is a continuation of finishing the end of last year strongly”.
Having secured his card at the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School in Thailand, Nicholas added that he wasn’t doing anything different from training hard and just keeping faith in his game, as he has been doing for a while now.
“The course was in good condition and the greens were tricky, which made it a good test,” said Nicholas.
Such was the course that only five players finished under-par, in which American James Bowen (70) claimed third spot with a three-under 285 total, and Malaysia’s S. Sasidaran (72) and Lindsay Renolds (71) of Canada tied for fourth on one-under 287.
Joint sixth on even-par 288 were Mohamad Azman Basharuddin (76), also of Malaysia, and Jakraphan Premsirigorn (73) of Thailand.
Speaking at the conclusion of the tournament, PGM Tour chairman, Tun Ahmad Sarji, said it was good “to see golf of that caliber played by Malaysians on Malaysian soil.
“For two local players to top the leaderboard of a co-sanctioned ADT event shows that we are making strides in our bid to galvanize the circuit,” he added.
“It augurs well for the future of Malaysian golf and now we should concentrate on consolidating this progress.”
Northport (Malaysia) Bhd CEO Abi Sofian Bin Abdul Hamid said they were more than happy to “make a small contribution to the development of golf in the country.
“Malaysia has many champions in sports and we believe that golf should also be given the opportunity to become a part of this. Thus, with this tournament and the direction of the PGM Tour we see ourselves striving to become better sportspersons and better people in the business world,” he added.
|inal Round (9th Mar 2013) - Results|
|6=||288||E||Mohamad Azman BASHARUDIN||MAS||71||70||71||76||6,800.00|
|21=||293||+5||KOH Deng Shan||SIN||72||75||75||71||2,052.00|
|21=||293||+5||S. Siva Chandhran||MAS||73||71||74||75||2,052.00|
|32=||296||+8||LOW Khai Jei (A)||MAS||74||74||72||76||Amateur|
|32=||296||+8||Kenneth DE SILVA||MAS||69||76||75||76||1,580.00|
|32=||296||+8||KHOR Kheng Hwai||MAS||75||73||75||73||1,580.00|
|39=||297||+9||Man O IM||USA||74||75||75||73||1,305.00|
|55=||300||+12||Zanie Boy GIALON||PHI||75||74||76||75||730.00|
280 Danny Chia (Mas) 67-68-74-71
281 Nicholas Fung (Mas) 73-69-70-69
285 James Bowen (US) 68-71-76-70
287 Lindsay Renolds (Can) 73-73-70-71, M. Sasidaran (Mas) 74-71-70-72
288 Jakraphan Premsirigorn (Tha) 73-68-74-73, Mohamad Azman Basharudin (Mas) 71-70-71-76
289 Grant Jackson (Eng) 70-71-77-71, George Gandranata (Ina) 71-73-74-71
290 Mitsuhiko Hashizume (Jap) 71-74-72-73, Park Il-Hwan (Kor) 71-71-73-75, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha) 70-72-73-75.