Penang, Sept 12: Malaysia’s Khor Kheng Hwai turned on the style to win his first ASEAN PGA Tour title on Saturday, a closing six-under-par 66 giving him a one-shot victory over fast-charging countryman Nicholas Fung in the PGM Penang Championship.
Khor even had the luxury of a bogey at the last – his only blemish of the day – at Penang Golf Club as he posted a four-round total of 13-under 275.
Overnight joint leaders R. Nachimuthu and Ilyia Jamil could not live with the pace, both shooting 72 to finish in a tie for third place with Mohd Amli Mohd Mohiyedeen (68).
Three strokes behind going into the final round, 30-year-old Khor made up ground with birdies on the fifth, seventh and eighth. He continued on the birdie trail on the back nine picking up shots on 11, 12, 14 and 15 before his slip up at the final hole.
With the leaders faltering and Fung having given himself a lot to do after his 74 on Friday, Khor did not have to sweat too much as he zeroed in on the first prize of US$7,650 despite that dropped shot.
Fung, a two-time winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour and one of the favourites for the title, showed his true colours after Friday’s horror show with seven birdies, including four-in-a-row from the 12th, in his best-of-the-day 65.
Ilyia made a poor start in his bid for a first PGM Tour title since the PGM Kinrara Classic in 2011 with a double bogey at the first and he went on to mix three birdies with a bogey.
Veteran Nachimuthu also stuttered early with a bogey at the third and two birdies and one more bogey were not enough for the win with Khor and Fung on fire.
The PGM Penang Championship was the sixth event on this season’s ASEAN PGA Tour schedule and was co-sanctioned with the PGM Tour.