Aussie rules at Templer Park

Australia’s Lachlan Barker won the 114th Malaysian Amateur Open by edging Thailand’s Wichayanon Chothirunrungrueng in a sudden-death playoff at Templer Park Country Club.

MAO 2016 - Lachlan Barker

Both players finished on one-under-par 287 and it was Lachland who prevailed with a par on the second extra hole after his Thai opponent three-putted.

“It was nerve wrecking on the sudden-death playoff. I thought there was an outside chance I would be able to contend today, but I really didn’t think I was actually going to win, especially with how well Wichayanon was playing,” said Barker, who birdied the last hole of regulation play to force the playoff.

One shot adrift on even par was Ruperto Zaragosa of the Philippines, while  Abdul Hadi of Singapore and Yuan Wei Lin of Tiawan shared fourth place on one-over-par 289. Zaragosa had begun the final round with 2-stroke lead but settled for third place after carding a final-round 77.

Malaysia’s best finisher after third round was Amir Nazrin in joint eighth place on 291.

The 133-player field featured players from Australia (7), Cambodia (3), Guam (2), Hong Kong (5), Indonesia (3), Korea (3), Kyrgyz (2), Nepal (3),Oman (1), Pakistan (2), Philippines (8), Pakistan (2), Saudi Arabia (2), Singapore (9),  Thailand (4), Taiwan (13), and Malaysia (64). The Vascory Group was the main sponsor of this year’s championship.

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