Wisut Artjanawat with his Harvard Championship trophy. He won the title with a total score of 266, just one stroke ahead of Malaysia’s R. Nachimuthu.
PETALING JAYA: Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat won the RM200,000 PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship by the skin of his teeth at the Harvard Golf & Country Club in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
The 32-year-old shot a five-under 67 on Saturday to clinch the title by a stroke from Malaysia’s R. Nachimuthu, who had the best score of the tournament – an eight-under 64 – to narrow down the lead with the overnight leader from Thailand.
Wisut finished with a total score of 22-under 266, but not before Nachimuthu burnt the Harvard layout with a bogey-free round that had an eagle-three at the par-five 13th hole and six birdies.
Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan shot a final round of 68 that left him with a 17-under 271 total, while Sweden’s Nils Floren, carding a final day 68, was fourth on 274.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Pua stumbled to a 73 as he finished fifth on 14-under 274 – after starting the last round in second spot on the leaderboard.
His compatriot Arie Fauzi (66) and first round leader Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden (72) were joint sixth on 275, with another Malaysian, S. Sivachandhran (69), a shot back in eighth place on 277.
Wisut was in control of his swing and lifted his first PGM Tour crown, worth RM35,000. He had just one bogey in his round – a four at the par-three 4th hole.
“I am happy to have won,” said Wisut, who earlier in the week said the course was “easy” for him. Indeed, that is how the event was played out as the top-10 players all scored 10-under par or better, with the top four going 15-under or better.
This is Wisut’s second title in Malaysia after winning the Sabah Masters in Kota Kinabalu last October.
Nachimuthu, who would have set a new course record had it not been for the preferred lies, said he was more than happy with how his week went, particularly the final round.
“I struck the ball solidly and putted well. I thought I might have had a chance for a playoff on the last hole but I missed it. Anyway, I’m pleased with my performance and hope to do better at the Kelantan Classic next week.”
The next stop on the PGM Tour is the Kelantan Closed Championship at the Kelantan Golf & Country Club in Kota Baru from March 5-8.