Keyser eases to UMW Championship

Raihan Talib|PGM Tour

KUALA LUMPUR: Mathiam Keyser of South Africa kept his composure and won his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after carding a final-round two-over-par 73 at the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) UMW Championship on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Keyser, who had to play 33 holes today as a result of weather disruptions in the preceding rounds, stumbled over the finishing line as he made three bogeys over the last four holes of the RM225,000 (approximately US$58,000) event.

His relatively poor score did not matter in the end as he signed for a 12-under-par 272 total for a wire-to-wire, two-shot victory at the Impian Golf and Country Club.

“I struggled over the last few holes, so it felt great to get it over the line and win this tournament,” said a relieved Keyser.

“The victory has been coming for a while. I’ve been playing well this year (he posted four top-10s prior to the PGM UMW Championship) but I wasn’t able to get everything working at the same time. Finally, we’re here with a win!

“I’m very happy with my game at the moment and my personal life. Having everything going in the right direction makes it easier to give it your best when you’re out here competing.”

Thailand’s Philip Matsson made a final-round surge up the leaderboard by sinking six birdies before signing for a 64. Matsson, who started the day in tied-10th, finished the tournament in second place.

Kenneth De Silva is the highest-placed Malaysian in the field in tied-eighth. He made an eagle on hole three but could not capitalise on the momentum in the rest of the round and eventually signed for a 70.

Leading final round scores (Par-71):
272 – Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 61 72 66 73
274 – Philip MATSSON (THA) 73 67 70 64
277 – Ryonosuke SEKI (JPN) 73 67 68 69, Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 69 70 68 70, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 71 66 67 73, Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 67 67 72 71
278 – Janne KASKE (FIN) 71 73 67 67
280 – Shinichi MIZUNO (JPN) 74 69 70 67, Jeremy WENDELKEN (USA) 74 68 67 71, Johnson POH (SGP) 71 70 66 73, Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 71 69 70 70, Shakhawat SOHEL (BAN) 68 72 68 72
281 – Hyukchul SHIN (KOR) 71 70 73 67, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 69 71 72 69, Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 66 72 68 75, Naoki SEKITO (JPN) 67 71 72 71