Kuching [SARAWAK]: Wilson Choo claimed his third Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) title – his first since 2015 – at the Sarawak Championship on Saturday.
A closing 71 handed Choo the title on six-under 282 at Kelab Golf Sarawak – three shots clear of 2017 Order of Merit winner Shahriffuddin Ariffin.
Shahriffuddin, who was four shots off the lead going into the final round, managed a two-under 70 to secure a second runner-up finish in as many weeks in Sarawak.
Rizal Amin continued his late-season resurgence, taking sole third on even-par 288.
Holding a share of the lead since the opening round, Choo was relatively untroubled as he traded three birdies against two bogeys to cruise home for a victory.
“This win is something special because it came at a point where I didn’t expect to be in contention. This season has been full of ups-and-downs and I was thinking about hanging up my clubs at one point. Fortunately, I stuck to it and I think my hard work was rewarded this week,” said the 29-year-old.
“A couple of weeks, I won a new car in raffle draw and I was thinking that maybe Lady Luck was shining down on me. And thankfully, that lucky run has continued with this title,” he added.
LEADING FINAL RESULTS (PAR-72)
282 – Wilson Choo 69-73-69-71
283 – Shahriffuddin Ariffin 75-70-70-70
288 – Rizal Amin 72-74-69-73
289 – Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf 74-69-73-73, Sukree Othman 69-73-73-74
291 – Nachimuthu Ramasamy 77-71-70
292 – Akhmal Tarmizee Nazari 70-75-75-72, Irfan Yusoff 75-72-72-73
294 – Kenneth Tobuse 74-72-74-74
295 – Sasidaran Muthiah 72-74-78-71, Farid Rashid 76-72-76-71, Sivachandhran Supramaniam 78-74-70-73