Sarawak, Malaysia, October 7: Overnight leader Blake Snyder was rewarded for his patience when he closed with a four-under-par 68 to win by two shots for his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the PGM MNRB Championship on Saturday.
The 25-year-old American, who held a one-shot advantage heading into the final round, fired five birdies against one bogey for a winning total of 15-under-par 273 at the Damai Golf and Country Club.
John Catlin, also of the United States, came in runner-up after signing for a 67 while Singapore’s Johnson Poh returned with a 69 to take third place on 277 at the RM200,000 (approx. US$44,600) ADT event.
Thailand’s Nirun Sae-Ueng battled to a 72 to settle a further shot back in fourth while countryman Jakraphan Premsirigorn carded a 71 to sit in fifth place on 280. ADT Order of Merit leader Masaru Takahashi of Japan slipped to sixth place on 282 following a 74.
Snyder, who claimed his ADT breakthrough two years ago, sank two birdies against one bogey to turn in 35 before adding three more birdies on the 11th, 13th and 15th holes to seal the deal.
He took home a winner’s prize purse of US$8,265 following his victory and propelled to third place on the ADT Order of Merit, putting himself in position to secure one of the five Asian Tour cards on offer for the 2018 season.
“I was just trying to stay patient out there and stick to my rhythm. I tried not to think too much about winning and just keep it going out there. I birdied the 15th hole again today, hitting a four-iron to about five to six feet and sank the putt.
“I think it’s the toughest hole on this course so it was nice to make a birdie there on my way back,” said Snyder, who has notched five top-10 results prior to his victory in what is the 13th leg of the ADT schedule this season.
“This win means a lot to me. The game’s getting better and better. I was tied for the lead after the third round last week but I missed out on the win as I didn’t play well on the last day. I am glad I continued to play well in the final round today and win the tournament,” Snyder added.
The leading five players on the 2017 ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the region’s premier Tour in 2018.
All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading final round scores:
273 - Blake SNYDER (USA) 69 71 65 68
275 - John CATLIN (USA) 70 68 70 67
277 - Johnson POH (SGP) 70 70 68 69
278 - Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 66 67 73 72
280 - Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 72 71 66 71
282 - Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 69 66 73 74
283 - Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 74 74 68 67
284 - Arie Irawan (MAS) 71 74 70 69, Phanuvich ONCHU (THA) 71 73 69 71, Seungjae MAENG (USA) 70 69 73 72
285 - Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 71 71 72 71, James BYRNE (SCO) 68 73 72 72
286 - Somsak KHAOPRATUM (THA) 72 68 72 74, Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 70 69 72 75
287 - Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 71 72 73 71
About 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.