Singapore cruised to a convincing victory over Malaysia in the inaugural Prudential Causeway Trophy, winning 15 ½ – 8 ½ at the Laguna National Golf Club.
Leading 7 ½ – 4 ½ heading into the today’s singles matches, the hosts needed just 4 ½ points from 11 matches to clinch victory. The match between Mitchell Slorach and Akhmal Tarmizee was halved as Slorach was forced to withdraw due to a wrist injury.
Malaysia got off to a good start when Sukree Othman overwhelmed M.Murugiah 7 & 5 but Mardan Mamat triumphed over Airil Rizman 4 & 3 to extend Singapore’s lead to nine.
Danny Chia provided a brief reprieve for Malaysia by halving his match with Koh Dengshan. Chia was 3-up with six holes to play but a spirited Koh won four consecutive holes to go 1-up with two holes to play. Chia fought back gallantly with a final hole birdie to salvage half a point for Malaysia.
Singapore’s evergreen Poh Eng Wah, who turns 50 this November, showed he could still match his younger rivals when he beat Nicholas Fung, 27 years his junior, 3&2.
S. Murthy and R. Nachimuthu secured two more points for Malaysia when they beat Vincent Phua and Lam Zhiqun 7 & 5 and 3 & 1 respectively.
Choo Tze Huang then made it 11 ½ points for Singapore when he defeated S.Sivachandhran 3 & 2 and it was all over for Malaysia when Lam Chih Bing won his match 2 & 1 against Anis Helmi to give the home side an unassailable lead.
“It’s an honour to clinch the winning point for Singapore and I couldn’t have asked for a better way of doing it,” said Lam.
Singapore’s non-playing captain Lip Ooi paid tribute to his players and hailed them for making Singapore proud.
“This win is a proud moment for all of us in Singapore. We fought really hard out there and I want to thank my team for making this a day to remember. The Malaysian team put up a strong challenge but we showed that we can be up for it,” said Ooi.
Sanctioned by the Singapore Professional Golfers’ Association (SPGA) and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM), the three-day Ryder Cup-style event was played at Laguna’s infamously difficult World Classic Course.
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