PETALING JAYA: Malaysian golfers Ben Leong and Nicholas Fung are still struggling to find their footing in the new season of the Asian Tour.
Both made their first cut of the year, but Ben and Nicholas could only muster 47th and tied 59th placings respectively at the Singapore Open yesterday.
Ben looked to have a shot at a top-20 finish prior to the final round at the Sentosa Golf Club, but a three-over 74 saw him finish on a two-over 286 total, slipping 11 rungs from his overnight position.
Nicholas failed in his bid to improve on his creditable tied-24th finish last year. He closed with a 74 for a 289 total.
Ben took home US$5,300 (RM21,500) while Nicholas walked away with US$3,250 (RM13,200).
The Singapore Open crown went to American Matt Kuchar, who beat Rio Olympics gold medallist Justin Rose of England and last year’s champion Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand to the title.
Kutchar, a nine-time US PGA Tour winner, signed for a 70 to finish on 266 and win by three shots from Rose. Jazz, last year’s Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, was a shot further back in sole third on 270.
Leading final round scores
266: Matt Kuchar (US) 66-68-62-70;
269: Justin Rose (Eng) 68-66-68-67;
270: Jazz Janewattanond (Tha) 67-65-67-71;
271: Kim Joo-hyung (Kor) 67-66-67-71;
272: Richard T. Lee (Can) 66-69-65-72;
273: Poom Saksansin (Tha) 69-69-70-65, Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn) 70-69-67-67;
275: Danny Masrin (Ina) 69-72-66-68, Rashid Khan (Ind) 70-66-69-70, Miguel Tabuena (Phi) 68-65-66-76.
Selected Malaysians: 286: Ben Leong 72-71-69-74; 289: Nicholas Fung 71-72-72-74.
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