Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: American Josh Salah pipped Bangladesh’s Shakhawat Shohel on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off at the PGM Northport Championship.
Salah and Shakhawat were tied on 13-under-par 275 at the end of regulation play at the RM225,000 (about US$58,000) event, hosted by Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
The 27-year-old Salah, who carded a bogey-free six-under-par 66, had a great chance to win at the first play-off hole, but his putt lipped out. He missed another opportunity from six feet at the second extra hole.
The play-off then moved from the 18th hole to the 17th hole and that was where Salah managed to clinch victory after the Bangladeshi drove into the right hazard and was unable to get up-and-down. Salah parred the hole for his second win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
Starting the day three shots behind the leader, Salah closed the deficit with birdies on one, three and five. Crucial par saves on nine and 18 allowed him to force his way into the play-off.
Salah, who will receive six Official World Golf Ranking points, said: “I was planning to play in the Royal Cup Qualifier but I just didn’t feel right about it. I know Glenmarie very well and I liked my chances here. Now that I’ve won, I’ll be aiming for one of the seven Asian Tour cards on offer for the 2019 season. I’m ready for the next step.”
Kemarol Baharin emerged as the top local finisher at the PGM Northport Championship. The Malaysian signed for a flawless 66 to grab lone third place.
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