PETALING JAYA: National golfer Ben Leong has made a decent finish after a tough start in the Singapore Open.
The 36-year-old Sabahan ended the tournament in joint 14th with a score of four-under 280 in the Serapong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club together with the Philippines’ Justin De Los Santos.
Ben scored three-under 69, with four birdies but had two bogeys.
It was a good showing after a poor first two rounds where he scored 71 and two-over 73, which affected his rhythm but he bounced back in the last two rounds.
Ben said he didn’t have the best game but was glad with the way he handled his mistakes.
“It was good fun especially playing in the Sentosa Serapong course again. As always, the condition of the golf course was splendid although it has been a grind over the last two weeks.
“I didn’t have my best game last week (Singapore International) and also this week, but I just kept it going. I am proud of how I handled myself. Took one hole, one shot at a time.
“My goal was to stay calm. I didn’t want to beat myself up, especially when things were not going my way.”
Nicholas Fung and Danny Chia finished joint 71st with a score of 13-over 297.
Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana, 23, walked away with the trophy and US$250,000 (RM1.04mil) with a score of 13-under 271 and also sealed a ticket for the British Open with the three golfers below him – Japan’s Yuto Katsuragawa, South Koreans Kim Joo-hyung and Kim Sih-wan.
271: Sadom Kaewkanjana (Tha) 67-70-65-69
274: Yuta Katsuragawa (Jpn) 68-70-68-68, Kim Joo-hyung (Kor) 68-68-69-69
275: Kim Sih-wan (Kor) 67-66-69-73
Selected: 280: Ben Leong 71-73-67-69
297: Danny Chia 71-73-74-79, Nicholas Fung 73-72-75-77