Sarawak, Malaysia: Janne Kaske fired a seven-under-par 65 to become the first player from Finland to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Championship.
The 29-year-old Kaske missed a two-foot par putt on the third hole for his only bogey of the day before fighting back with eight birdies to triumph by four shots with a winning total of 12-under-par 276 at the Kelab Golf Sarawak.
Overnight leader Erwan Vieilledent of France enjoyed his best result on the ADT when he returned with a 72 for second place.
Malaysian Airil Rizman shot a 71 to share tied third place on 281 alongside Japan’s Masaru Takahashi (70) and Casey O’Toole (71) of the United States at the RM200,000 (about US$55,400) event.
“It was magical. I started off badly and I thought my tournament was over because of my bad mistake but then the putts started to drop and I told myself: ‘Don’t put the brakes on now’. I used all my chances to make birdies and got lucky,” said Kaske.
Kaske, the first non-Asian winner on the ADT this year, fired the low round of the week to overcome a three-shot deficit to hand him his first title of 2015.
Kaske played college golf at Augusta State University before turning professional six years ago. He played on the European Challenge Tour and on mini Tours in Europe before trying for the Asian Tour Qualifying School this year where he missed the cut.
He hopes to continue his momentum on the ADT and finish inside the top-five on the Order of Merit at the end of the season which would earn him an Asian Tour card for 2016.
“We’ve never had a Finnish golfer winning on the ADT. I’m glad I did it. Maybe now more Finnish players will start using the ADT as a stepping stone to earn a card on the Asian Tour,” Kaske said.
Tokyo, Japan: The Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan, one of Asia’s eldest and most respected sporting organisations, has joined the Asian Golf Industry Federation.