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Published: Saturday May 24, 2014 MYT 7:07:00 PM
Updated: Saturday May 24, 2014 MYT 7:08:17 PM

Shih-chang wins playoff to bag Johor title

PETALING JAYA: Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan won the PGM Johor Championship in dramatic fashion – beating Australian Jack Munro with a birdie on the first playoff hole at the Johor Golf and Country Club.

His third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title was also his second triumph in as many months, having also captured the PGM Lada Langkawi Championship in April.

This means Shih-chan, 27, has equalled Filipino Jay Bayron’s record of three victories since the ADT’s inception in 2010.

Shih-chang closed with a five-under 67 on Saturday while overnight leader Munro carded a two-under 70 to tie on 12-under 276 in regulation play.

That set up the playoff on the par-4 18th, which the Taiwanese, the current ADT Order of Merit leader, managed a birdie.

“I’m extremely happy to win again on the ADT,” said Shih-chang, who took home US$10,842 (RM34,800) as well as six Official World Golf Ranking points for his effort.

“I didn’t think I had a chance initially as I shot two birdies and two bogeys to turn in with a 36. I was aiming to finish in the top three but I started to play really well on the back nine, where I shot five birdies!

“This is the second time I’ve won in a playoff. Jack played really well this week but I think my mental game was better ... thanks to all the experience I gained from playing on the ADT.”

Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and Thai brothers Pavit and Annop Tangkamolprasert shared third spot on 278 after their final rounds of 66, 71 and 66 respectively.

Malaysia’s best performer was Danny Chia, who closed with a 68 to settle for joint sixth – on nine-under 279 – with Konosuke Nakazato of Japan.

Tags / Keywords: golf, PGM Johor Championship, Chan Shih-chang, Jack Munro

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