Gavin wins playoff to lift Kurnia title

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Gavin Green lifted the Kurnia-Saujana Amateur Championship title after a dramatic playoff against Australia’s Ryan Peake yesterday.

The Australian made up a one-stroke deficit at the start of the final round at the Saujana Golf and Country Club with a birdie at the final hole for a one-under 71 for a total of 210 to force the sudden death while Gavin managed a 72.

In the first hole of the playoff at the par-five 18th, Peake’s drive ended just inside the fairway bunker near the lip while Gavin found the same bunker slope.

The Australian’s second shot veered into the trees while Gavin’s shot made the fairway. Peake then found a window among the heavy foliage but his pitch shot overshot the green. Gavin deftly chipped the ball onto the green and easily two-putted for his second win in the event.

“After I saw Ryan’s ball went into the trees, I knew I had a good chance,” said Gavin.

“My second shot was in good position on the fairway and when Ryan’s ball went out of bounds, I knew the tournament was mine.”

Leading final scores

* Malaysian unless stated

210: Gavin Green 70-68-72; Ryan Peake (Aus) 71-68-71.

218: Jerome Ng (Sin) 72-74-72.

219: Jobim Carlos (Phi) 72-72-75.

221: Clyde Mondilla (Phi) 76-74-71; Marc Ong (Sin) 73-72-76.

224: Gregory Foo (Sin) 72-78-74.

226: Mohamad Hisyam Majid 70-79-77.

227: Myo Win Aung (Myn) 74-78-75; Daniel Bringolf (Aus) 74-76-77.

228: Kenneth De Silva 74-78-76.

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