PETALING JAYA: Amir Nazrin Jailani blew away a good chance to win his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after finishing joint 14th in the OB Golf Invitational in Indonesia.
The 21-year-old sparked hope when he entered yesterday’s final round at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club with a two-shot lead but slumped with a disastrous six-over 78 when it mattered most.
Amir finished with eight-under 280 — six strokes adrift of winner Park Seung of South Korea.
He began the day on a bright note with a birdie on the second hole to stretch his lead to three shots, but failed to build on the solid start.
Amir bogeyed the fourth, ninth holes and surrendered his lead at the turn.
His day went from bad to worse in the back nine as he dropped six more shots through a double bogey and three bogeys. A second birdie on the 12th could hardly salvage anything.
“I lost myself after failing to convert a doable birdie putt from four feet on the sixth (hole). That was the turning point,” said a dejected Amir.
Amir also had let slip a golden chance to win his first title in ADT after finishing runner-up at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament in Jakarta last year when he lost in the playoff to Argentinian Miguel Angel Carballo.
By finishing joint 14th yesterday, Amir now has six top-15 finishes in ADT.
“It’s only a matter of time before I claim my first ADT win,” vowed Amir, who was also tied for a creditable fifth in the ADT-sanctioned PGM Penang Championship three weeks ago.
Park Seung became the first Korean to win on ADT after prevailing on the second play-off hole against Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek to claim his maiden professional title.
Park Seung rolled in a 12-footer for par while Panuwat two-putted from six feet to settle for a bogey.
The duo had earlier finished on matching 14-under 274 following regulation play.
FINAL ROUND SCORES
274: Park Seung (Kor) 71-67-68-68 (won on the second playoff hole), Panuwat Muenlek (Tha) 71-67-69-67;
276: Masaru Takahashi (Jpn) 70-71-70-65, Wang Wei-lun (Tpe) 67-67-70-72;
277: Danny Masrin (Ina) 69-66-72-70, Sorachut Hansapiban (Tha) 68-69-70-70, Rory Hie (Ina) 68-66-71-72, George Gandranata (Ina) 68-69-68-72, Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) 68-69-68-72;
278: Koh Deng Shan (Sin) 70-69-70-69, Worrasorn Suwanpanang (Tha) 67-73-69-69, Jeremy Wendelken (US) 67-71-69-71.
280: Amir Nazrin Jailani (Mas) 68-67-67-78;
287: Brandon Lau 76-70-71-70;
288: Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz 76-69-75-68.