Sabah, Malaysia, September 23: John Michael O’Toole of the United States completed a convincing 12-shot victory at the PGM EurAsia Sabah Championship after closing with a two-under-par 70 on Saturday.
With a winning total of 15-under-par 273, O’Toole equalled the biggest winning margin on the ADT but it will not be a formal record as the preferred lies ruling was in play.
Natthapong Niyomchon of Thailand settled for second place following a 69 while Amir Nazrin of Malaysia, Panuwat Muenlek of Thailand, Nattawat Suvajanakorn and John Catlin of the United States shared third place.
The 24-year-old O’Toole, who led from start to finish, was surprised with his runaway victory. “It feels good to beat all the players this week by a large win. I didn’t really expect to win by so many shots.
“But the pressure was on them really. If I went out to play a solid round, someone had to shoot an extraordinary round to beat me. It helps to have a good lead. I felt like I didn’t have to make anything happen,” said O’Toole, who held a six-shot overnight lead.
He entered the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) ADT event with a different mind-set and was rewarded for his patience.
“My game plan showed this week there were a couple of times where I wanted to go back with a driver but laid back with an iron off the tee. I was confident with how I stuck to my game plan,” said O’Toole.
With the victory, the American took home a prize cheque of US$8,361 and six valuable Official World Golf Ranking points. He will also enter the busy stretch on the Asian Tour Schedule with high confidence.
“My game is trending in the right direction and I’m happy it paid off this week. This win is really important. Every time when you are in good form and you have that confidence, you want to take it with you into a tournament so I’m really looking forward to my next few Asian Tour events,” said O’Toole.
The PGM EurAsia Sabah Championship was founded through the cooperation between the Asian Tour, European Tour and PGM Tour in organising the EurAsia Cup, a team match-play event between Asia and Europe.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Final round scores:
273 – John Michael O’TOOLE (USA) 66 67 70 70
285 – Natthapong NIYOMCHON (THA) 70 74 72 69
286 – Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 71 74 71 70, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 71 71 73 71, John CATLIN (USA) 73 69 72 72, Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 69 69 71 77
287 – Josh SALAH (USA) 72 73 69 73
288 – Blake SNYDER (USA) 74 70 71 73, Paul HARRIS (USA) 69 71 71 77
289 – Kasidit LEPKURTE (THA) 73 73 73 70, Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 74 70 75 70, Quincy QUEK (SGP) 72 74 72 71
290 – Mitchell SLORACH (SGP) 74 73 71 72, James BOWEN (USA) 71 70 70 79
291 – Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 71 71 79 70
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.