Steel claims dramatic Terengganu victory

Iain Steel with the Terengganu Masters
Iain Steel with the Terengganu Masters trophy 

Kemaman: Iain Steel continued his renaissance after completing an improbable comeback victory at the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Terengganu Masters on Saturday.

Fresh from winning at the Ballentine’s Taiwan Championship, the 42-year-old Sabahan closed with a scintillating final round eight-under 63 to claim his second consecutive title on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at Resorts World Kijal.

Despite trailing overnight leaders Airil Rizman Zahari and Grant Jackson by four shots at the start of the round, Steel set the clubhouse target on 13-under on the back of a card of nine birdies against a sole bogey and watched in disbelief as an unlucky Airil was imposed a two-shot penalty after the round to hand him a dramatic single-shot victory.

A clearly distraught Airil was lost for words as he fell into a share of second alongside Rory Hie (65) of Indonesia and Swede Malcolm Kokocinski (67).

The victory not only earned Steel a winner’s share of RM35,000 and a RM7,500 bonus but saw the seasoned professional climb to the summit of the ADT mony list with a haul of US$34,872.

Leading final round scores (Malaysians unless stated)
271 – Iain Steel 70-68-70-63
272 – Rory Hie (INA) 69-67-71-65, Malcolm Kokocinski (SWE) 71-67-67-67, Airil Rizman Zahari 65-67-72-68
275 – Mhark Fernando (PHI) 72-67-71-65, Scott Barr (AUS) 68-72-69-66, Shaaban Hussin 69-68-68-70
276 – Darren Tan (AUS) 65-67-76-68, Rufino Bayron (PHI) 70-67-71-68, Grant Jackson (ENG) 69-67-68-72
277 – Kenneth De Silva 71-69-71-66, Carl Santos Ocampo (PHI) 70-69-71-67, Nabil Abdul (AUS) 67-69-70-71