Hans claims breakthrough at Damai Laut

Hans Jamil ©Arep Kulal|PGM
Hans Jamil ©Arep Kulal|PGM

Manjung: Hans Jamil eagled the final hole to cap a dramatic twist to the RM160,000 Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Swiss Garden Championship at Damai Laut Golf & Country Club on Saturday.

The 26-year-old from Kuala Lumpur shot a one-over-par 73 for a three-under 285 overall, claiming his maiden professional title at the expense of overnight leader Kemarol Baharin (77), who led slip a seven-shot cushion with an error-strewn back nine to settle for third.

Iain Steel, who equalled the course record with a third round 66 on Friday, finished two strokes adrift in second on the back of a 75. Rashid Ismail (72) and R. Nachimuthu (73) finished joint fourth on 290, with S. Murthy a stroke back after a closing 74.

“I’m absolutely delighted that a nine-and-a-half year search has come to a fruitful end. It was not easy but I am equally relieved that at last I have won on the Tour. This win is so emotional for me and I wished my mum was here to celebrate this win,” said Hans, who picked up a cheque of RM27,000.

“My plan was to just try and make as many birdies as possible and then see where it all took me but it didn’t really happen. I feel for Kemarol because he had a wretched run on the back nine but I’ve been knocking the door on so many occasions and I took my breaks when it mattered today,” added the flamboyant former national, who turned professional at 17.

Despite the setback, Kemarol further extended his lead on the Order of Merit, taking his total to RM51,040 after two events.

Leading final round scores
285 – Hans Jamil 69-73-70-73
287 – Iain Steel 72-74-66-75
288 – Kemarol Baharin 72-67-72-77
290 – Rashid Ismail 70-75-73-72, R. Nachimuthu 74-72-71-73
291 – S. Murthy 70-75-72-74
293 – Nicholas Fung 73-76-74-70, Shaaban Hussin 72-74-73-74
294 – Kenneth De Silva 74-74-74-72, Danny Chia 76-73-72-73
295 – Akhmal Tarmizee 74-74-75-72
298 – Airil Rizman 84-75-66-73, Faridil Atras 76-74-71-77