American Blake Snyder denied Malaysia’s Gavin Green his first title as a professional at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship, with the former winning by one shot after an exciting final round.
The 23-year-old Snyder secured his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title by coming back from five shots down at the start of the day, carding a two-under-par 70 to Green’s 76. Despite a double bogey on the last hole, Snyder claimed victory with a 13-under-par 275 total at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Overnight leader Green bogeyed the last hole to settle for second at the RM200,000 (approximately US$55,400) ADT event.
Malaysian amateur Low Khai Jei fired a superb 65 to join countryman Sukree Othman (70) in tied third place on 278. Danny Chia, a two-time winner of the event, R. Nachimuthu, Nicholas Fung, Sutijet Kooratanapisan, Nirun Sae-Ueng and Jordan Irawan finished a further shot back in tied fifth.
Snyder, who fired an ace in the second round, was level with Green after 12 holes and moved into a two-shot lead with birdies on holes 14 and 15. His lead was cut by one when he bogeyed 16 but he bounced back swiftly with a clutch 35-foot birdie on the next hole. With the highly rated Malaysian hot on his heels, Snyder was almost forced into a play-off when a plugged ball in the greenside bunker resulted in a double bogey. But Green missed his par chance as the American sealed the deal.
“I’m relieved because of how the last three holes played out. A huge birdie on 17, a plugged ball and I played ping pong around the green before sinking a 12-foot putt for double bogey. That’s the best double I ever made in my life!” said Snyder, who won US$8,889.
“I started back five shots and I knew I needed to get something going to put pressure on Gavin. I sank some birdies and made some birdies coming in. I stayed focus on the game and the birdies started to add up which was good,” he explained.
Green admits that nerves got the better of him as he struggled to build on an overnight five-shot lead. He turned in 37 and added three more bogeys on his homeward nine to settle for second.“I got nervous out there. I tried to calm myself out there but this will be a good experience for me. I was trying a bit too hard and I didn’t give myself a lot of chances. I tried to get into position but it was too late,” said Green, who turned professional in June.
275 – Blake SNYDER (USA) 70 68 67 70
276 – Gavin GREEN (MAS) 67 64 69 76
278 – LOW Khai Jei (A) (MAS) 72 69 72 65, Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 67 71 70 70
279 – Danny CHIA (MAS) 73 71 69 66, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 71 70 71 67, Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 70 70 70 69, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 67 71 71 70, Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 66 72 71 70, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 73 70 66 70