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Thai Tsunami in Shah Alam

Thailand’s Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng finally added the Malaysian Amateur Open title to his ever-growing resume after successive playoff losses in the last two editions, winning comfortably with an impressive four-round total of 16-under-par 272 at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club.

Going into the final round with an eight-shot lead after a spectacular course record eight-under-par 64 on day three, Witchayanon finished with a 73 for a five-shot victory over compatriot and defending champion Sadom Kaewkanja who closed with a 70. 2017 SEA Games gold medallist Kosuke Hamamoto made it an all-Thai podium by claiming third place on 280.

“I’m really glad to win the Malaysian Amateur Open after two playoff losses. My game feels really good right now and I hope to keep the momentum until the Asian Games in Jakarta this August,” noted Witchayanon, who also won the 2016 MPI Generali Saujana Amateur Championship and was part of the triumphant Thai Nomura Cup team at Sungai Long last year.

Best Malaysian – Victor Ng

Victor Ng Yu Kai was the best-placed Malaysian in eight spot on one-over-par 289. The 126-player field featured players from Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Cambodia, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Netherland, Pakistan, Philippines, Oman, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand and Malaysia.

Results (Top 10)

272 – Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng (THA) 70, 65, 64, 73
277 – Sadom Kaewkanja (THA) 69, 69, 69, 70
280 – Kosuke Hamamoto (THA) 72, 72, 65, 71
284 – Chuan Tai-Lin (TWN) 73, 70, 70, 71; Kshitij Naveed Kaul (IND) 68, 66, 75, 75
285 – Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (THA) 68, 73, 71, 73
288- Aadil Bedi (IND) 73, 71, 73, 71
289 – Victor Ng (MAS) 70, 72, 76, 71
290 – Narajie Emerald Ramadhanputra (INA) 75, 73, 73, 69; Low Wee Jin (SIN) 70, 75, 73, 72

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