Khai Jei secures Orna success

Low Khai Jei ©The ClubHouse
Low Khai Jei ©The ClubHouse

Jasin [MELAKA]: Low Khai Jei became only the third amateur to win on the Professional Golf of Malaysia  (PGM) Tour after a convincing five-shot victory at the Orna Championship on Saturday.

The 19-year-old from Taiping was relatively untroubled in the final round as a closing three-under 69 set-up a winning total of 14-under 274 at the Orna Golf & Country Club.

Two-time Order of Merit champion Nicholas Fung recorded a one-under 71 to claim outright second ahead of fellow Sabahan Ben Leong (70), who settled for third with a seven-under 281 overall.

A disappointing 73 saw Khor Kheng Hwai finish on 282 – a massive eight strokes behind the winner in fourth place.

With his nearest challengers unable to mount a charge, Low drained three birdies in a flawless opening nine 33 to extend his overnight advantage to five strokes.

The nation’s top-ranked amateur stayed disciplined, trading a birdie and bogey apiece on the homeward nine to carve out his own piece of history on the flourishing domestic circuit.

Leading final results >
274 – Low Khai Jei (A) 69-70-66-69
279 – Nicholas Fung 68-69-71-71
281 – Ben Leong 70-70-71-70
282 – Khor Kheng Hwai 70-69-70-73
283 – Wilson Choo 68-73-69-73
284 – Shaifubari Muda 70-73-70-71, Mohd Amli Mohayideen 76-71-64-73
285 – Akhmal Tarmizee Nazari 68-76-73-68
287 – Mohd Azman Basharuddin 76-73-73-65
289 – Sukree Othman 71-73-76-69, R. Nachimuthu 72-74-74-69, Jeremiah Kim Leun Kwang 73-71-70-75