Teenager Daeng Abdul Rahman became the youngest player to win on the PGM Tour when he won the Danau Closed Championship by a single stroke.
Amateur Daeng held his nerve to upstage the professionals with a final round 70 for a 10-under-par 278 total (72-68-68-70), finishing one shot ahead of Sukree Othman and Akhmal Tarmizee at Danau Golf Club,.
At age 15 years and 8 days, Daeng eclipsed Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai , who was 15 years and 8 months when he won the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship last month.
Sukree edged Akhmal in a playoff to determine who collected the top prize of RM30,600 as Daeng is not eligible to receive prizemoney.
Daeng was on the top of the world after his win. “I am very happy. I struggled over the first nine and it got worse at the 11th hole where I made a double-bogey. I was in the hazard and in trouble. But I came back with three birdies and that helped me get back into it.” said Daeng, who is a member of the Malaysian Golf Association’s national Elite squad and will feature at the SEA Games in Singapore this June.
Daeng’s father, Aziz, was added: “He played well today, just as he did the other three days. And again his putting was very good, which made the difference.”
Sukree meanwhile said he was disappointed with what he called an “up and down” round. He also finished with a 70 with six birdies and four bogeys.
“That is how it is sometimes in this game. You play well but a few mistakes set you back,” he said.