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Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 6:48:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 6:50:06 PM

Nachimuthu hangs on to win season-ending title

R. Nachimuthu poses with the Maybank Tour Players’ Championship trophy, after winning the tournament, his first PGM Tour title of the year, by two strokes at the Saujana Golf and Country Club on Saturday. - PGM

R. Nachimuthu poses with the Maybank Tour Players’ Championship trophy, after winning the tournament, his first PGM Tour title of the year, by two strokes at the Saujana Golf and Country Club on Saturday. - PGM

SUBANG: It looks like R. Nachimuthu likes to save the best for last.

The 42-year-old nailed his first PGM Tour title of the year right at the end of the season by grabbing the Maybank Tour Players’ Championship title at the Saujana Golf and Country Club on Saturday.

Nachimuthu, who enjoyed a comfortable four-stroke lead after the third round, had a poor two-over 74 yesterday but still managed to grab the title with an eight-under 280 total – two strokes ahead of Airil Rizman, who ended the round with an even par.

Sukree Othman blew up with a four-over 76 to share third spot with Ben Leong, who had a one-under 71, on 286.

Nachimuthu walked away with RM60,000 in prize money and secured second spot in the PGM Tour’s Order of Merit with RM178,358 – behind Nicholas Fung, who sits pretty at the top with earnings of RM221,311 after winning four PGM Tour events.

With his season-ending win, Nachimuthu also earned a precious wildcard to play in the Maybank Malaysian Open next year.

Nachimuthu admitted that he had a shaky performance in the final round but “I managed to pull it together just enough to nick the win”.

“Today was definitely tougher than yesterday,” said Nachimthu, who had the lowest round of the tournament with a six-under 66 in the third round on Friday.

“I couldn’t putt the ball well today and I was not hitting it right. But I was determined to finish off the tournament on top and I’m glad I did it.”

PGM Tour chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji was happy to see the curtain come down on the Tour’s “most successful season to date”.

“It has been a long season with the most number of events (31) and biggest prize money (RM4.1mil) ... and we are happy that it has turned out to be a successful one,” he said.

“Next year, we aim to make it even bigger and better – 36 events in all with more than RM5mil in prize money.”

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