Malaysia’s Gavin Green won his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title and first outside of Malaysia at the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship, closing with a six-under-par 65 to win by two shots.
The 22-year-old Green, who claimed his second ADT win on home soil just two months ago, fired seven birdies against a lone bogey to overturn a three-shot deficit and triumph on 16-under-par 268 total at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club’s legends course.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan closed with three straight birdies en route to a 66 to share second place with Donlaphatchai Niyomchon of Thailand, who finished with a third consecutive 67, at the US$60,000 event, which is the 10th leg of the ADT schedule this season.
Overnight leader John Michael O’Toole of the United States battled to a 71 to settle for fourth place with Thai duo Poom Saksansin (68) and Pijit Petchkasem (70) on 271 at the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship.
Green rolled in a 30-footer and a 20-footer for birdies on second and sixth respectively before adding more birdies on eighth and ninth to turn in 32. He went on to sink three straight birdies from 11 and was tied at the top with playing partner Donlaphatchai, who was equally impressive with seven birdies after 13.
Despite dropping a shot on 14, Green kept his cool to close out with four straight pars. The Thai, however, dashed his title hopes after stumbling with a bogey on 15 and a double-bogey on 16.
“It was a really interesting round. I played solid. Donlaphatchai was on my back from the start and we were both seven-under through 13 but I stayed patient out there. I just keep hitting good shots and I kept the ball in play.
“I think I handled myself really well. I learnt from my round yesterday. I got from four-under to one-over yesterday but today I went from four-under to six-under. I think I trusted myself moretoday. I stayed positive and was able to hit it close,” said the young Malaysian, who had held the second round lead before slipping down the leaderboard with a third round 72.
Green, the second Malaysian after Arie Irawan to win an ADT event outside of his home country, earned the distrinction when he won his first ADT title in 2014 and became the first amateur to win on the region’s burgeoning Tour since it was inaugurated in 2010.
He will take home a winner’s prize purse of US$10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his win. With two victories and two top-10s in the bag so far, Green needs just one more victory to gain playing rights on the Asian Tour this season.
“This win means a lot to me. I have been working a lot with my coach Chris O’Connell and I am glad to see improvements. This win also came at the right time for me as I am heading to Japan for the Asian Tour event next week. Hopefully I can continue to do well there,” added Green.
Leading final round results:
268 – Gavin GREEN (MAS) 66 65 72 65
270 – KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 70 64 70 66, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 69 67 67 67
271 – Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 68 69 66 68, Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA) 66 66 69 70
273 – Yuto KATSURAGAWA (A) (JPN) 70 70 67 66, Dino A. GIACOMAZZI (USA) 74 66 69 64, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 67 68 66 72