Danny Chia registered a comfortable 4-and-3 win over R. Nachimuthu in the final to claim the inaugural Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Matchplay Championship title at Impian Golf & Country Club in Kajang, Selangor today.
In the playoff for third place, Sukree Othman took the honours after Kemarol Baharin withdrew through injury at the 10th hole with the former 1-up at the time.
Pleased with his week’s work Chia said: “I like this format and hopefully the Tour can introduce another one or two next year.”
He added: “I played solid the whole week although I did have it tough at times, especially in the first round where Khairul (Nizam Rasip) took the match to 17 holes.with zen to 18 th hole won 2 up.
“In the final today I made sure that I stayed focus on not giving anything away after I went in front and I’m happy with how it all turned out.”
Chia went in front after at the 7th hole with a birdie-two and was 2-up after the 8thhole. But Nachimuthu hit back at the next hole to reduce the arrears. However, a double-bogey at the 10th saw Chia move two in front again and from there Nachimuthu never really had any chance of coming back.
With the win, which was worth RM30,600, Chia took his seasonal earnings pass the RM200,000-mark. He is now just under double what second-placed Nachimuthu has accumulated in the PGM Tour Order of Merit with RM220,230. With Asian tour earnings
On a Tour that is growing in stature and seeing its players perform more admirably on the regional circuits, the top-five have now all earned more than RM100,000 – and the first half of the year is not yet done.
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