Wednesday, 18 June 2014

PGM Perlis Closed Championship

PGM Perlis Closed Championship - Day 4 Final

PGM Perlis Closed Championship R4

Airil Takes it in Perlis
In-form player goes into the mid-season break feeling on top of the world

IN-FORM Airil Rizman won the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Perlis Closed Championship at Putra Golf Club in Kangar today.

The win, worth RM27,200, was a gradual rise to the top spot for Airil , who went three-two-one in his last three tournaments. He was third at the PGM Melaka Championship and runner-up at the Vascory Templer Park Championship last week.

Coming into the last round today with a two-stroke cushion, Airil shot a two-under 69 that gave him a six-under 282 total and five-stroke victory margin.

Mohamad Rizal Amin, who has also shown some good form this season, achieved a career-best finish on the Tour with his second-place here. He too had a final day 69 and was one-under 287 for the tournament.

The Tour’s Order of Merit leader, R. Nachimuthu, signed for a closing even-par 72, and was tied for third with Wilson Choo (73) and Ben Leong (74) on one-over 289.

Twenty-one year-old Abel Tam, who led the RM170,000 event over the first two days, carded a 75 and finished sixth on 290, while Kim Leun Kwang (75) was another two shots back in seventh spot. Akhmal Tarmizee (72) was eighth on 294, with Lam Yu Shuen (73) and M. Sasidaran (74) joint ninth on 295.

Happy with his fine run of form, Airil said he was looking forward to the mid-season break that will be marked with the month of Ramadan.

“The timing has been perfect,” he said. “I had the third and second-place finishes before winning today, and as this is the start of the month-long break of the Tour, it is just excellent.

“I have really played well over the past few events and for it to be highlighted today is great with the victory.

“I hit the ball well during this good run and hope it continues through to the end of the season, which will be marked with five-months of tough tournaments when we return to action after Hari Raya,” he added.

Commenting on what has been the root of this good form, Airil said he changed all his equipment, barring his 3-wood, over the past couple of months and that this had worked well in his favour.  He added that his ankle injury was fully healed.

For his part, runner-up Rizal said he too was pleased with his week’s work in Perlis.

“I had a third-place finish at Impian (Championship) earlier this season, which equaled my best on the Tour,” said the 30-year-old who from Kedah. “So to get a second place here is really very nice.”

And he added: “But that is not the end hopefully. I feel I have the game now to go on and win, so maybe the breakthrough will come sooner rather than later.”

The PGM Tour’s second half of the season will resume with the PGM Asean Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club (formerly known as Bukit Jambul Country Club) in Bayan Lepas from August 6-9.

Leading Fourth Round Scores

282 Airil Rizman 71-71-71-69
287 Mohamad Rizal Amin 70-75-73-69
289 R. Nachimuthu 73-70-74-72, Wilson Choo 70-74-72-73, Ben Leong 74-68-73-74
290 Abel Tam 69-72-74-75
292 Kim Leun Kwang 70-73-74-75
294 Akhmal Tarmizee 75-71-76-72
295 Lam Yu Shuen 76-73-73-73, M. Sasidaran 74-70-77-74
299 Shaifubari Muda 78-72-76-73, S. Murthy 76-74-73-76
300 Rahizam Ramli 75-74-80-71, Nicholas Pua 80-76-71-73
301 Mohamad Azman Basharudin 78-73-75-75, Dino Abdillah 72-75-78-76
303 Farid Rashid 76-77-73-77, Muhammad Alwarith Damian 76-76-73-78, Mohd Nazri Mohd Zain 74-80-76-73

Final results and earnings follow:

Champion Airil is all smiles

Nachimuthu blasting out of the sand

Wilson Choo ties for 3rd place

2nd place Rizal Amin

Airil Rizman with the cheque

Ben Leong 


PGM Perlis Closed Championship - Day 3
AIRIL Rizman went to the top of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Perlis Closed Championship at Putra Golf Club in Kangar today.

The player, who finished the top pro at last week’s Vascory Templer Park Championship and had a third-place finish prior to that, shot a third consecutive one-under 71 to lead the tournament in the northern state by two strokes.

Ben Leong, who carded the low round (68) of the RM170,000 Perlis Closed on day two, shot a one-over 73 today and was left tied in second with Abel Tam, who led the event over the first two rounds and posted a 74 on day three. They were on 215.

Airil Rizman seen here firing his way to the 3rd round lead

Halfway leader Abel Tam 

 Ben Leong - clearly focused on the crown

YOUNG Abel Tam led a Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour event for the first time when he climbed to the top of the Perlis Closed Championship at Putra Golf Club in Kangar.

The 22-year-old lad from Johor Bahru, who only turned pro in March and is playing in just his eighth PGM tournament, shot a disciplined 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the RM160,000 championship.

With a long list of seasoned campaigners in the field, Tam left  Mohamad Rizal Amin, Wilson Choo, Kim Leun Kwang to settle for second spot on 70, while in-from Airil Rizman was fifth, another stroke back.

Able TAM


Wilson Choo good with the putter
Rizal Ali

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