Champion Khor makes moneylist move

Penang, Sept 13: Khor Kheng Hwai of Malaysia jumped to 10th spot on the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit after his one-stroke victory in the PGM Penang Championship.

He earned US$7,650 for his first win on both the ASEAN PGA Tour and the PGM Tour to take his winnings to US$8,195 from the two events he has played.

“I’m just so happy to have done it at last,” said the 30 year old, who turned professional 10 years ago. “I have come close a few times over the last two months and today I managed to pull it off. To me, it’s a great relief and I’ll try to build on this success.”

Khor closed with a six-under-par 66 to edge fast-charging countryman Nicholas Fung by a shot at Penang Golf Club.

“I started a bit slow but over the stretch from holes five to 15 I had seven birdies and that really made the difference,” he said. “My putter was hot today. Almost everything I went for, went in. I didn’t hit the ball too well, but my putting did the trick.”

Malaysia’s Kemarol Baharin, who recorded his first victory on the ASEAN PGA Tour at the PGM UMW Impian Championship in April, jumped a spot on the moneylist after his 12th place finish in the PGM Penang Championship. He sits in eighth place with winnings of US$9,314.

Veteran Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand tops the Order of Merit on US$27,627 after two victories and a joint second place finish.