Cavite, Philippines: Overnight leader Arie Irawan clinched his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title and first outside of Malaysia at the US$60,000 ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational.
The 24-year-old Malaysian, who claimed his breakthrough ADT victory on home soil in January, battled to an even-par 71 after trading two birdies against two bogeys on a blustery day at the Aoki Course of the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club.
Arie closed with a four-under 280 total to win by four shots over local youngster Miguel Tabuena, who signed for a second consecutive 72, in what is the seventh leg of the ADT schedule this season.
Local stalwart Antonio Lascuna and compatriot Jun Bernis registered matching 69s to share third place on 285 while Thai Poosit Supupramai was a further shot back in fifth place on his own.
Americans Brett Munson and Micah Lauren Shin as well as local veteran Elmer Salvador were among five players bunched in sixth place on 287.
Arie credited his strong mental game for a steady performance today. His overnight three-shot lead was hardly challenged throughout the round.
“I kept my head down and tried to stay calm. I told myself to relax and just focus on my game. It was windy. I thought even-par today was pretty good considering the tough conditions.
“This is my first win outside Malaysia. It makes me feel that my game is there and I have the capability to win more. I definitely want to challenge for another win on the ADT this season. It’s good to see myself progressing and getting better,” said Arie, who pocketed US$10,500 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
Arie will return to the Asian Tour next week to contend for the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf.
The ADT will remain in the Philippines for the US$60,000 ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic at Sherwood Hills Golf Club from April 22-25.