Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia: Martin Dive claimed a two-shot triumph after closing with a one-under-par 71 at the RM220,000 (about US$49,000) PGM CCM Seriemas Championship.
The 31-year-old Australian won his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title with a 13-under-par 275 total to defeat Swede Oskar Arvidsson (66) and American Brett Munson (72).
Panuwat Muenlek settled for fourth place following a 70 for a 278 total while Mohammad Wafiyuddin finished as the highest ranked Malaysian in fifth place thanks to a final round 66 for a 279 aggregate at the Seriemas Golf and Country Club.
After missing out on an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School last week, Dive was delighted to clinch his first international title to kick-start his 2017 campaign.
“It feels awesome. It has been a long three weeks on the road and this win will give me the chance to commute back and forth to see my family. This win is a big help,” said Dive.
He was three-under after 11 holes but dropped shots on 12 and 17 to make things slightly interesting with the fast-charging Arvidsson hot on his heels. The Australian eventually sealed the deal with a par on the last.
“I made a couple of mistake coming home but I played steady without playing great. I hit a poor shot on 12 and bogeyed there. I thought I hit a good shot on 17 but it came up a bit short,” added Dive.
The win earned him US$8,615 and six Official World Golf Ranking points and gives him the opportunity to fight his way onto the Asian Tour as the first player to reach three wins in 2016 will automatically earn playing rights on the main Tour for the rest of the season.
“This is my first international title and you can’t get off to a better start in the season. Two more wins can get me on the bigger Tour and I’m aiming for that,” said Dive.