Sarawak win a boost for Keyser

Mathiam Keyser celebrates his victory © Arep Kulal|PGM Tour

Kuching [SARAWAK]: Mathiam Keyser of South Africa edged Singapore’s Quincy Quek by one shot to claim his Asian breakthrough at the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) MNRB Sarawak Championship on Saturday.

Keyser posted four identical rounds of two-under 70s to win the RM200,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) co-sanctioned event with an eight-under-par 280 total at the Kelab Golf Sarawak.

Quek, playing three groups in front of the leading flight, fought hard for a second ADT title before settling for second place following a 67.

Third round leader Panuwat Muenlek of Thailand missed out on a third win of the season and an Asian Tour card for the remainder of the 2016 season when he returned with a disappointing 76 to share fifth place.

The 29-year-old Keyser enjoyed a hot start when he opened with two birdies before turning in 32. He marked his card with another birdie on 13 but wobbled at the finishing line when he dropped three shots in the final four holes.

“It feels surreal to win your first ADT title. You can’t buy this feeling,” said Keyser, who is playing in his third year in Asia.

“I had a good front nine to calm the nerves and it was nice to have some cushion going in the last few holes considering the way I finished!” added the South African, who picked up a cheque for RM30,600. – Asian Development Tour

Leading final results (Par-72) >
Malaysian unless stated
280 – Mathiam Keyser (RSA) 70-70-70-70
281 – Quincy Quek (SIN) 74-66-74-67
282 – Nirun Sae-Ueng (THA) 67-71-73-71
284 – Pannakorn Uthaipas (THA) 75-70-67-72
286 – Rick Kulacz (AUS) 69-72-71-74, Koh Dengshan (SIN) 74-68-70-74, Panuwat Muenlek (THA) 69-70-71-76
287 – Hsieh Chi-hsien (TPE) 73-72-73-69, Khor Kheng Hwai 72-70-75-70, Micah Lauren Shin(USA) 68-68-76-75
288 – Choo Tze Huang (SIN) 76-71-70-71