Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant capped a virtuoso performance with a final round 69 to win the RM1.2 million Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters for a record 14th title on the Asian Tour.
The 45-year-old Thai ace used his unorthodox swing and renowned short game skills to tame the super slick greens of Kota Permai Golf & Country Club and finish on 16-under-par 272, three shots ahead of India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar. It was Thaworn’s second victory at Kota Permai following the 2001 Volvo Masters of Malaysia when he won with a 17-under-par total.
“I’m really glad to win this tournament for my 14th Asian Tour title,” said the wiry Thai, who picked up a cheque for US$60,900. “I hit my short irons solidly this week and I putted well too, which is what you need to do to score well here.
“The golf course is in fantastic condition as always although the rough around the greens was thicker this year, so your short game needs to be really good as well.”
Gaganjeet meanwhile carded a superb 66 to storm up the leaderboard and seal second place on 13-under-par, a shot ahead of Bangladesh Siddikur who finished with successive 66s, Vietnam’s Michael Tran and Spain’s Javi Colomo.
Malaysia’s top finisher was Nicholas Fung, who closed with a 71 to claim joint 29th place on three-under-par. Seven Malaysians made the halfway cut including two amateurs – Abel Tham in 57th place on two-over-par and Low Khai Jei who was 71st after a disappointing closing round of 79.
Abel enjoyed a memorable outing at Kota Permai, highlighted by a hole-in-one at the 14th hole during the second round which earned him a Perodua Myvi.
“This is my first ever hole-in-one. I just turned 20 so I do have a license to drive! It means a lot to me to have a hole-in-one in an Asian Tour event,” said Tham, who used an eight iron to score his first-ever ace.
272 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT 66-69-68-69
275 – Gaganjeet BHULLAR 68-71-70-66
276 – Michael TRAN 67-68-73-68, SIDDIKUR 73-71-66-66, Javi COLOMO 68-69-72-67
278 – Jesper KENNEGARD 70-69-67-72, Jason KNUTZON 72-68-70-68
279 – Marcus BOTH 67-69-73-70, Mars PUCAY 73-71-68-67