Labuan, Malaysia, September 30: South Africa’s Mathiam Keyser mounted a strong comeback with a final round two-under-par 70 to clinch his second Asian Development Tour win at the PGM Labuan Championship on Saturday.
Keyser’s winning total of six-under-par 282 was enough to hand him a two-shot victory over Thailand’s Sorachut Hansapiban at the Labuan International Golf Club where the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) ADT event was staged.
Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek, who held a share of the overnight lead, finished in tied-third together with Sweden’s Oskar Arvidsson after he closed with a 75 for a 285 total.
Having started the week on the back of two successive victories in Dubai, Keyser was quietly confident of his chances despite the course layout which the South African felt was his disadvantage.
“This is a very tight golf course and it doesn’t really favour me as I like to use the driver and driving is usually my strength,” said Keyser.
Keyser stumbled with an opening bogey on the par-four first but recovered quickly with a birdie on the second hole before adding another birdie on nine to turn in 35.
He parred the next five holes before another birdie on 15 gave him a comfortable two-shot lead with three holes to play.
Keyser showed great composure by cruising home with three straight pars to lift his second ADT title.
“I came into the week with lots of confidence as I had won two back-to-back events on the Mena Tour in Dubai before coming over. This win has shown me that all the other aspects of my game is good.
“I’m enjoying my winning run and my golf and that’s what keeping me happy,” said Keyser.
By featuring on the ADT schedule, the PGM Labuan Championship offered Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. Keyser received six OWGR points while the top six players and ties earned points based on a sliding scale.
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Leading fourth round scores
282 – Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 73-68-71-70
284 – Sorachut HANSAPIBAN (THA) 74-70-72-68
285 – Oskar ARVIDSSON (SWE) 65-70-78-72, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 71-72-67-75
286 – Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA) 71-72-74-69, LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 71-73-69-73,
R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 69-71-72-74
287 – Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 74-70-72-71, Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 73-68-69-77
288 – Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 71-73-75-69
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.