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Galven triumphs with brilliant birdie in playoff

SHAH ALAM: Galven Kendall Green brilliantly sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to beat a spirited K. Rhaasrikanesh to the 44th Selangor Amateur Open title.

The 17-year-old Galven went into the final round at the Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (KGSAAS) with a three-shot lead only to squander his advantage.

He had to birdie the last hole for a four-over 76 to join Rhaasrikanesh at the top of the leaderboard on four-over 220.

Rhaasrikanesh was in his element, mixing five birdies against a bogey for a 68 to claim the clubhouse lead. He had started the day eight shots behind Galven.

The duo were made to wait for more than an hour for the playoff due to a heavy downpour.

At the first extra hole at the par-4 18th, both Galven and Rhaasrikanesh settled for pars.

The second extra hole was also at the 18th.

Rhaasrikanesh’s second shot found a greenside bunker but he managed to hit it within 10 feet of the hole.

But Galven calmly rolled in a birdie from 25 feet to seal victory.

“It was a hard day. I’m so glad that I managed to pull through,” said three-time national champion Galven.

“At the second extra hole, I just want to roll the putt as close to the hole as possible. But I got the right line, the right speed and it went in for a birdie,” he added.


Leading final round scores
*Malaysian unless stated

220: Galven Kendall Green 71-73-76, K. Rhaasrikanesh 80-72-68 (Galven wins on second extra playoff hole);
225: Adam Arif Madzri 71-76-78;
226: Firdaus Kassim 75-76-75;
229: Rishi Bhat (Ind) 78-78-73;
230: Chan Kai Zhane 79-77-74, Shin Tae-won (Kor) 79-77-74.

225: Natasha Andrea Oon 75-74-76;
228: Khaw Wen Jun 75-79-74;
229: Nur Durriyah Damian 75-75-79;
230: Winnie Ng Yu Xuan 79-74-77;
232: Siti Zulaikha Shaari 76-76-80;
240: Nuru Shahirah Afiqah Saparudin 76-82-80;
241: Warda Amira Abdul Rawof 77-79-85.