Khor Kheng Hwai won his maiden Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour title when he captured the PGM Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club in his hometown today.
Playing in the championship, or last, group, Khor fired an impressive six-under 66 to finish on 13-under 275 and win by a stroke from Nicholas Fung, who was runner-up for the second successive week.
Khor’s round had only one blemish, a bogey on the 72nd hole, but he also had seven birdies on the card, and that proved enough in the end to secure the island title and a cheque worth RM30,600.
Delighted with his first victory on Tour at the age of 31, 10 years after he turned pro, Khor said: “I’m just so happy to have done it at last.
“I have come close a few times over the last two months and today I managed to pull it off. To me, it’s a great relief and I’ll try to build on this success.”
Looking back at his round, Khor added: “I started a bit slow but over the stretch from holes 5 to 15 I had seven birdies and that really made the difference.”
On how it all came together, he said: “My putter was hot today. Almost everything I went for, went in. I didn’t hit the ball too well, but my putting did the trick.”
Following his second-place finish at the I&P Group Closed Championship at Kinrara last week, Fung was forced to settle for the runners-up spot again. He closed with a 65 for a 12-under 276. His low round of the day came by way of seven birdies without blemish.
Mohd Amli Mohd Mohiyedeen (68), Iylia Jamil (Mas) (72) and R Nachimuthu (72) were joint third on 278, while SukreeOthman wa sisxth on 279.
Leading Fourth Round Scores
275 – Khor Kheng Hwai (Mas) 71-71-67-66
276 – Nicholas Fung (Mas) 70-67-74-65
278 – Mohd Amli Mohd Mohiyedeen (Mas) 71-68-71-68, Iylia Jamil (Mas) 67-69-70-72, R Nachimuthu (Mas) 68-71-67-72
279 – Mohd Sukree Othman (Mas) 70-69-74-66
280 – M Sasidaran (Mas) 66-73-72-69
281 – Airil Rizman (Mas) 75-71-67-68
282 – Nattawat Suvajanakorn (Tha) 71-69-73-69
284 – Kenneth De Silva (Mas) 68-71-71-74
285 – Mohd Azman Basharudin (Mas) 75-69-68-73
286 – Kemarol Baharin (Mas) 72-74-70-70
287 – Lion Goh (Mas) 69-77-73-68, Wilson Choo (Mas) 70-71-76-70, Lam Yu Shuen (Mas) 73-73-69-72