KUALA LUMPUR: American Josh Salah finally got his act right to bag his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title.
The 24-year-old shot a six-under 66 for a four-round total of 17-under 271 to win the RM200,000 PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship by one stroke at the Kelab Rahman Putra in Sungai Buloh on Saturday.
Japan’s Shunya Takeyasu of Japan carded a 70 to miss out on the title with his total of 16-under 272. Jordan Sherratt of Australia was third after returning a 71 for a 274 total while Hong Soon-sang of South Korea was a further shot behind in fourth following a 69.
Victory did not come easy for Salah, though. He stayed patient despite the numerous weather delays during the week and was finally rewarded with his first ADT title after completing 26 holes on Saturday.
Trailing by four shots after the penultimate round, the American birdied the third hole before bogeying the next.
That only spurred him on as he went on to fire six more birdies to triumph in style.
Leading final round scores: 271: Josh Salah (US) 69-65-71-66; 272: Shunya Takeyasu (Jpn) 66-66-70-70; 274: Jordan Sherratt (Aus) 66-68-69-71; 275: Hong Soon-sang (Kor) 68-70-68-69; 276: Riley Fleming (Can), 70-68-63-75, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha) 70-68-70-68, Dodge Kemmer (US) 63-67-72-74; 277: Jay Batron (Phi) 72-68-69-68, Gavin Fairfax (Aus) 70-70-68-69, Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) 69-71-72-65, Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Tha) 66-71-73-67; 278: Nitithorn Thippong (Tha) 68-71-69-70, George Gandranata (Ina) 67-69-68-74, Hans Jamil (Mas) 68-67-70-73; 279: Rizal Amin (Mas) 68-70-68-73, Simon Griffiths (Eng) 69-69-69-72, Oskar Arvidsson (Swe) 71-69-69-70, Nirun Sae-Ueng (Tha) 70-68-71-70, Suradit Yongcharoenchai (Tha) 71-70-68-70; 280: Blake Snyder (US) 69-70-70-71, Khor Kheng Hwai (Mas) 71-69-70-70, Tawit Polthai (Tha) 71-69-73-67, Kemarol Baharin (Mas) 67-69-74-70, Greg Moss (US) 71-71-69-69; 281: Mathiam Keyser (Rsa) 74-66-70-71, Chanat Sakulpolphaisan (Tha) 72-64-75-70, Janne Kaske (Fin) 66-69-73-73, R. Nachimuthu (Mas) 72-70-69-70.