ADT: Wisut wins in Malaysia

Sat 01 Mar 2014

ADT: Wisut wins in Malaysia

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Alor Setar, Malaysia, March 1: Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand holed a crucial birdie on the last to defeat R. Nachimuthu of Malaysia by one shot at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on Saturday.
Wisut was pushed to the limits by Nachimuthu but the talented Thai sealed the deal with a clutch putt from inside 10-feet for a five-under-par 67 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) season-opening Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Nachimuthu battled tooth-and-nail for a superb 64 while Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei settled for third following a 68 at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.
Wisut, who won a title in Sabah in January, stayed focus on the task of winning his first ADT title and was not aware by the late challenge from Nachimuthu until the 17th hole where they were squared.
Relying on a hot putter, which was the key to his success, Wisut calmly sank the winning putt as he romped home to an impressive 22-under-par 266 total to win US$10,650 and earn six Official World Golf Ranking points.
“To be honest, I didn’t know about Nachimuthu’s score until I finished the 17th hole. I was very focussed and I just concentrated on playing my own game. I’m so happy that I’ve won,” smiled the 32-year-old Wisut.
Wisut played on the Asian Tour from 2005 to 2010 without much success but has turned his game around after adopting a healthier lifestyle by cycling every day.
“Physically, I didn’t feel too good in the last couple of years. I felt weak. But now, I cycle every day for about two or three miles. I bring my bicycle when I play on the Thai Tour. I feel so much stronger now and I hope that I can continue my winning ways,” he said.
This season, the ADT will afford the top five players on the final Order of Merit with an Asian Tour card for the following season and Wisut is taking aim at the top prize.
“It is my big goal to be finish inside the top-five. I think it is a good decision to increase the number of playing who earn a Tour card to five. It gives the younger players a chance. I think it is a very good move and it shows that the ADT is growing,” said Wisut.
Leading final round scores:
266 - Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 69 65 65 67
267 - R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 69 69 65 64
271 - CHAN Shih-Chang (TPE) 69 67 67 68
273 - Nils FLOREN (SWE) 69 67 69 68
274 - Nicholas PUA (MAS) 69 67 65 73
275 - Arie FAUZI (MAS) 70 70 69 66, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 66 72 65 72
277 - S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 69 69 70 69
278 - Danny CHIA (MAS) 70 73 70 65, CHOO Tze Huang (SIN) 71 68 70 69
279 - PARK Jin-Woo (KOR) 71 73 69 66, Clarke LUTTON (SCO) 68 72 69 70, Shaifubari MUDA (MAS) 70 72 67 70, Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 68 72 69 70, LEE Yi-cheng (TPE) 69 67 72 71
280 - Romain BECHU (FRA) 73 66 70 71