Wrong Anthony Won

While driving to work, I thought I heard on the radio that Anthony Kim won the Malaysian Golf Open. However, I heard wrong as after I read the sports news, I found out that it was Anthony Kang that won this year 2009 Malaysian Golf Open. Wrong Anthony!

Anthony Kang of the United States ended an eight year victory drought by rolling home a short birdie putt at the final hole to emerge from a tightly bunched field for a one stroke victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The Asian Tour regular held his nerve during a nail-biting final round at Saujana Golf and Country Club to pick up his third and biggest career victory after a five-under-par 67 gave him a winning total of 17-under-par 271.

With a late birdie on the 18th, Kang avoided a possible five way play-off with the English duo of David Horsey (64) and Miles Tunnicliff (68), Jyoti Randhawa of India (66) and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng (68), who finished tied for second on 16 under.

As for our Malaysian hopeful, Danny Chia that lead on the 2nd day, only managed for a share of 11th place. It was the best finish by a Malaysian since the event was co-sanctioned in 1999, he shot a 71 on the final day.

Kudos to him for making so far, although deep down inside he must have tried very hard to block out last year disaster from repeating it self where he lead for 3 days and blew up on the last day.

As for Anthony Kim, the most anticipated star player for the tournament, was purportedly paid an appearance fee of no less than RM700k by Maybank (the official main sponsors) only managed joined 48th at -7 under after a poor start on the first day.

Strangely, most of the foreign pros struggled at Saujana although the tournament's rule allowed clean and place rule through out fairways. Well I am going to self impose this rule the next time I am there to tame the Cobra course!

That will my excuse anyway :)


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