Keyser holds on for victory at the PGM UMW Championship

Sat 06 Oct 2018

Keyser holds on for victory at the PGM UMW Championship


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 6: Mathiam Keyser of South Africa kept his composure and won his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after carding a final-round two-over-par 73 at the PGM UMW Championship on Saturday. 

The 31-year-old Keyser, who had to play 33 holes today as a result of weather disruptions in the preceding rounds, stumbled over the finishing line as he made three bogeys over the last four holes of the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) event. 

His relatively poor score did not matter in the end as he signed for a 12-under-par 272 total for a wire-to-wire, two-shot victory at the Impian Golf and Country Club.

"I struggled over the last few holes, so it felt great to get it over the line and win this tournament," said a relieved Keyser.

"The victory has been coming for a while. I've been playing well this year (he posted four top-10s prior to the PGM UMW Championship) but I wasn't able to get everything working at the same time. Finally, we're here with a win!" 

"I'm very happy with my game at the moment and my personal life. Having everything going in the right direction makes it easier to give it your best when you're out here competing."

The victory earned Keyser a prize cheque of US$9,494 and six Official World Golf Ranking points.

The South African is now in a strong position to finish the season within the top-seven of the ADT Order of Merit and secure playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2019 season. He has risen to fifth on the money list.

Thailand's Philip Matsson made a final-round surge up the leaderboard by sinking six birdies before signing for a 64. Matsson, who started the day in tied-10th, finished the tournament in second place.

Kenneth De Silva is the highest-placed Malaysian in the field in tied-eighth. He made an eagle on hole three but could not capitalise on the momentum in the rest of the round and eventually signed for a 70.

Leading final round scores:

272 - Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 61 72 66 73
274 - Philip MATSSON (THA) 73 67 70 64
277 - Ryonosuke SEKI (JPN) 73 67 68 69, Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 69 70 68 70, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 71 66 67 73, Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 67 67 72 71
278 - Janne KASKE (FIN) 71 73 67 67
280 - Shinichi MIZUNO (JPN) 74 69 70 67, Jeremy WENDELKEN (USA) 74 68 67 71, Johnson POH (SGP) 71 70 66 73, Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 71 69 70 70, Shakhawat SOHEL (BAN) 68 72 68 72
281 - Hyukchul SHIN (KOR) 71 70 73 67, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 69 71 72 69, Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 66 72 68 75, Naoki SEKITO (JPN) 67 71 72 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 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 seven 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.