Late birdie gives Kang first win at Malaysian Open|
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sports Network) - Anthony Kang birdied the 72nd hole
Sunday to win the Malaysian Open by a single stroke over four players.
Kang closed with a five-under 67 to finish the tournament at 17-under-par 271.
He nearly cost himself the title as he bogeyed the 16th, but a birdie on the
par-five closing hole at Saujana Golf and Country Club gave Kang his first
European Tour title.
"I've been playing here since 1996 or 1997 and to finally win this event, I'm
speechless," Kang exclaimed. "Malaysia feels like where I started playing
golf. To win this tournament is great."
David Horsey fired an eight-under 64 to be the first in the clubhouse at 16-
under-par 272. He was joined in a share of second place by Jyoti Randhawa
(66), Miles Tunnicliff (68) and Prayad Marksaeng (68).
Gareth Maybin took sixth place at minus-15 after closing with a 66.
Third-round leader Adam Blyth, who was searching for his first tour title,
stumbled to a one-over 73 that left him alone in 10th at minus-13.
Kang shared fourth place to start the round, but steadily climbed the
leaderboard on the front nine. He opened with a birdie on the par-five third,
then moved to 14-under when he birdied the sixth.
The 36-year-old jumped to 16-under with birdies at eight and 11. Those birdies
gave Kang a one-shot lead.
Kang birdied the par-five 13th for the fourth straight round to extend his
lead to two strokes.
However, he stumbled to a bogey on the 15th after finding water with his
approach shot. That bogey dropped him into a share of the lead. He parred the
next two holes and remained in a share of the lead.
"I've been playing the best golf that I've played so far," Kang said. "In the
last three rounds, I only made one bogey. After I hit into the water, I
dropped it and told myself let's try to finish this (hole) off with a bogey."
Kang two-putted for birdie on the par-five 18th to claim the title.
"I've been driving it well and I felt comfortable on the tee box and I knew
with the conditions I could get it there in two," said Kang of the 18th. "I
hit my drive onto the fairway, a bit more right than I wanted to and it was a
little farther than yesterday and my caddie said 'you've got to go for it, you
can't do anything else.' I then two-putted for birdie."
Horsey, who played three groups ahead of Kang, birdied the sixth and seventh
before dropping a shot on the ninth. He headed to the back nine at minus-nine,
but flew into contention with seven birdies over the final nine holes.
The 23-year-old shared second at minus-16 for his best career finish on the
Randhawa, who played the group in front of Kang, ran off three straight
birdies from the first to climb to 13-under. He bogeyed the 10th, but atoned
for that mistake with a birdie on 11.
After dropping a shot on 12, Randhawa birdied three straight from the 13th to
move to 15-under. He birdied the last to share second place.
Tunnicliff and Marksaeng played alongside Kang in the penultimate group.
Marksaeng was even-par for his round through nine holes with two birdies and
On the back nine, he ran off four birdies in a five-hole span from the 11th to
jump to 16-under. Marksaeng stumbled to his third bogey in three days at the
16th, but birdied 17 to end at 16-under.
Tunnicliff had three birdies and two bogeys over the first 13th holes. He
connected on back-to-back birdie efforts from the 15th, then birdied the last
to finish one shot back.
Louis Oosthuizen carded a seven-under 65 to end alongside Wen-Chong Liang (71)
and Alexander Noren (71) in a share of seventh place at 14-under-par 274.
Raphael Jacquelin fired a 10-under 62 Sunday to set the new course record.
That jumped him from a share of 59th into a tie for 16th at minus-10.
World No. 11 Anthony Kim, the highest-ranked player in the field, closed with
a five-under 67 to share 33rd place at seven-under-par 281.
02/15 05:55:51 ET