Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Janne Kaske of Finland won his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title by five shots at the weather-shortened PMG MIDF KLGCC Championship.
Kaske fired eight birdies against a solitary bogey to close with a seven-under-par 64 over the East Course at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
His winning total of 14-under 199 earned him US$8,143 and six Official World Golf Ranking points at the RM200,000 (about US$50,000) event, the penultimate stop on this year’s ADT schedule.
Jordan Sherratt of Australia settled for second place following a 67 while Americans Casey O’Toole (70), the Order of Merit leader, and Sam Cyr (67), Raphael De Sousa (69) of Switzerland and Thai duo Pijit Petchkasem (68) and Itthipat Buranatanyarat (68) shared third position on 205.
Kaske’s victory propelled him to seventh position on the Order of Merit, two spots away from earning playing rights on the 2016 Asian Tour with one more tournament to play. He trails fifth placed Masaru Takahashi of Japan by slightly over US$1,800.
The pressure on Kaske was evident as he turned in 30 but dropped his only shot of the day on the 13th hole when he hit his tee shot into the water. With so much to play for, he recovered superbly with birdies on 15, 16 and 18.
“This win feels almost more important than my first victory. The first one was special but given the circumstances on the Order of Merit, this definitely feels much better. I got a bit nervous towards the end and my hands were shaking because I knew how important this win would mean to me,” said Kaske.
“This win is going to give me a great opportunity to break into the top-five (on the Order of Merit) in the final event. I feel great because I knew I had to win one of the last two,” he added.
The 29-year-old won his first ADT title in May but has struggled since then. “I felt like I played the best possible golf I could. There was no breathing space and I had to make sure I kept making birdies,” he said.