Dhaka, Bangladesh: Malcolm Kokocinski closed with a six-under-par 65 to secure his first Asian Tour title at the US$300,000 AB Bank Bangladesh Open.
A regular on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), where he leads the current Order of Merit, the Swede overturned a three-shot overnight deficit to post a winning total of 14-under-par 270 at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
The 26-year-old Kokocinski, who is based in Thailand, took home the winner’s prize purse of US$54,000. It marked his second professional victory since joining the play-for-pay ranks in 2012.
Overnight leader Jack Harrison of England endured two closing bogeys en route to a 71, settling for a share of second place with fellow Qualifying School graduate Ben Campbell of New Zealand, who carded a 69.
American John Catlin capped back-to-back top-10 finishes after closing with a 66 to finish five shots back in tied-fourth place with Zamal Hossain Mollah, who emerged as the highest-ranked local player following a 69.
“This win means a lot to me,” said Kokocinski, whose parents hail from Poland.
“I didn’t have a status on the Asian Tour before this week so I am really pleased with how I played. I have been playing well the last couple of months. I knew my game was good so I just had stick to my gameplan and hit some good shots coming down the stretch.
“It’s really nice to perform under pressure. I knew a birdie on the last would put me up there. I wasn’t really thinking about winning. I was just focused on hitting good strokes to give myself a chance. I played in the last group for the first time on the Asian Tour yesterday and I didn’t play as good as I did today. I had a lot of lip-outs yesterday.
“I guess playing in the second last group helps lessen the pressure a bit. I am very happy with how I performed this week. I have been getting a lot of encouragements from my peers out here around the golf course this week as well as the members and staff of the club.
“It was nice to be back at the Kurmitola Golf Club. This is my third time here this year. I came twice earlier for the ADT events and I played very well. That experience has definitely given me a lot of advantage and confidence,” added Kokocinski, who started playing golf at the age of 10.