In-Form Chan Calls the Shots in Johor

Chan Shih-chang was victorious in Johor. Picture by Arep Kulal.
Chan Shih-chang was victorious in Johor. Picture by Arep Kulal.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Chan Shih-chang claimed a third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title when he defeated Australian Jack Munro at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off in the PGM Johor Championship.

The 27-year-old from Chinese Taipei, who closed with a five-under-par 67, matched the feat of Filipino 2012 ADT Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron by securing three victories on the Asian Tour’s secondary circuit.

Overnight leader Munro battled to a 70 to fall into a tie with Chan on 12-under-par 276 in regulation play. Chan triumphed with a birdie to Munro’s par at the first extra hole – the par-four 18th – in the RM200,000 (about US$60,000) event.

Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and Thai brothers Pavit and Annop Tangkamolprasert shared third on 278 after rounds of 66, 71 and 66 respectively at the Johor Golf and Country Club.

Malaysian Danny Chia, who defended his title at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship two weeks ago, closed with a 68 to take sixth place with Konosuke Nakazato of Japan.

Chan, who claimed his second ADT victory at the PGM Lada Langkawi Championship in Malaysia last month, strengthened his position atop the Order of Merit, taking home US$10,842 as well as six Official World Golf Ranking points.

“I’m extremely happy to win again on the ADT. I didn’t think I had a chance initially as I shot two birdies and two bogeys to turn in 36. I was aiming to finish in the top three but I started to play really well on the back nine where I shot five birdies,” said Chan.

“It’s the second time I’ve won in a play-off. Jack played really well but I think my mental game was better, thanks to my experience. I don’t get nervous now. I have been playing a lot on the ADT and that has given me a lot of experience,” added Chan.

Munro narrowly missed out on a maiden win since turning professional last year but was glad to mark his best finish since coming through this year’s Asian Tour Qualifying School.

“It was disappointing … but it’s alright. I had a good round and it was a great experience. Chan deserved the win. He played really well. I hope to bring forward this good form to the ADT tournament in the Philippines next week before going to play at the Queen’s Cup on the Asian Tour,” said Munro, who mixed his card with three birdies against one bogey.

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