Golfer Jhonnel Ababa of the Philippines holding aloft the PGM Penang Championship trophy after winning the tournament by two-strokes on Saturday. - ZAINUDIN AHAD/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Jhonnel Ababa of the Philippines bagged his first-ever PGM Tour title after claiming a two-stroke triumph at the Asean PGA Tour co-sanctioned Penang PGM Championship.
The 30-year-old, who headed into Saturday’s final round at the Penang Golf Club with a three-shot cushion, kept his composure to sign off with a three-under 69 to finish on an 18-under 270.
Thailand’s Atthaphon Sriboonkaew carded a 68 to finish on 272.
Nakarintra Ratanakul (67), also of Thailand, and Singaporean Choo Tze Huang (69) finished joint third on 276.
Khor Kheng Hwai (69) emerged as the best Malaysia finisher, tied on fifth with a 278 total.
Ababa was delighted to finally win a title on the Tour.
“I turned pro in 2010, so the win has been some time coming,” said the Filipino.
“Playing here in Malaysia is always nice. It is extra special today because I finally won.
“Hopefully I can now go on and build on it. I will continue to work hard and seek a second win,” he added.