PETALING JAYA: Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand overcame compatriot Witchayanon Chothirungruengrueng on the first playoff hole to emerge champion at the 115th Malaysian Amateur Open.
The 18-year-old Sadom had earlier squandered his two-shot overnight lead after he could only manage an even-par 71 for a four-under 280 at the Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
Witchayanon, last year’s runner-up, fired a 69 to match Sadom’s total to force a playoff.
But Witchayanon’s game fell apart on the first extra hole after he hit his tee-shot into the water. After messing up his next two shots, he conceded defeat. Sadom sealed the win with a three-putt bogey.
“My game held up today and I am delighted to win this championship,” said Sadom, the winner of the Philippines Amateur Open in January.
“It’s always hard to beat your own team-mate to a title, but that’s golf.
“I was all pumped going into the playoff. I knew I had a good chance if I kept the ball in play. In the end, a bogey proved enough and I’m really pleased with my display,” added Sadom, the second Thai to win the title after Thanyakon Khrongpha in 2009.
For Witchayanon, the defeat was certainly hard to swallow. He also lost in a playoff to Australian Lachlan Barker at the Templer Park Country Club in Rawang last year.
A superb closing 67 saw Indian Yashas Chandra finished third on 285.
Malaysia’s best finisher was Galven Kendall Green. The 17-year-old national No. 1 closed with a 73 to settle for joint 16th on 295.
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