Singapore’s Nicklaus Chiam claimed the coveted MPI Saujana Amateur Championship title with a solid final round performance, overturning a one-shot overnight deficit to win by four shots over Australia’s Christopher Brown and Taylor MacDonald.
Chiam, 17, carded a closing two-under-par 70 at Saujana Golf & Country Club’s Palm Course to finish on two-under 214 after three rounds. Second round leader MacDonaldfinished with a 75 to settle for third place on 218, losing on countback to compatriot Brown who finished with a 73.
Edgar Oh and Jerome Ng rounded off a strong performance by the Singapore contingent, claiming fourth and fifth place on 225 and 226 respectively.
Chiam noted that it was his fine putting on the Palm Course’s notoriously slick greens that earned him the title.
“I played well all three days, especially my putting,” said Chiam, who picked up his second title on Malaysian soil having won the Melaka Amateur Open in 2011. “I just played my game today, attacking on some holes and playing safe on others and thankfully it worked.”
The Malaysian squad had a disappointing outing in the World Amateur Golf Ranking event, with Muhd Afif Mohd Razif claiming best local honours in 15th place on 233 (76, 77, 80). Much was expected of reigning Saujana club champion Low Khai Jei but he could only manage 23rd place on 239 after rounds of 80, 77 and 83.