Penang, Malaysia: American rookie Nick Sherwood defeated Order of Merit leader Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand by one shot to claim his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at the PGM Penang Championship.
Sherwood, who started the day two shots back, fired a 10-under-par 62 for a winning total of 22-under 266 in the RM200,000 (about US$46,600) event at the Penang Golf Club.
Pavit, playing alongside him, matched Sherwood’s 62 but it was not quite enough to secure a record sixth ADT victory.
The duo would have bettered the course record, achieved by American John Michael O’Toole in his opening round of 64, if not for the preferred lies in play.
O’Toole closed with a 67 to settle for third place on 270 while Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall finished two shots further back in fourth following a 66.
Danny Chia returned a 65 to emerge as the highest-placed Malaysian in fifth place on 274 alongside overnight co-leader Adam Blyth of Australia, who carded a 72.
Playing in his first year on the ADT, Sherwood was delighted to secure his breakthrough victory after being away from home for close to six months.
He took home the winner’s prize purse of US$8,499 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. Other top-six players and ties earned points based on a sliding scale.
“This win means the world to me. I haven’t been home in six months and my main goal all this while was just to win. I can’t wait to go home now and have a good rest before coming back in two weeks for the next tournament,” said 25-year-old Sherwood, who turned professional in 2013.
“Everything was pretty good for me. I played as best as I would. The putter was on fire and I was able to hit it close. The best birdie today is the 10-footer I made on 17. I was feeling the nerves as Pavit was on my back. That birdie gave me a good two-shot cushion heading into the last,” added Sherwood.
Pavit took pride in his battling performance and career-best 18-hole score to strengthen his position atop the Order of Merit.
“I have no complaints. Nick played his best golf, too. I am happy with how I played this week.
“I thought I had a chance to try for another win but Nick just kept making birdies. I can’t do much about that,” said the 27-year-old, who won the Order of Merit in 2014.
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