Sabah Masters 2015, FINAL DAY : Mardan Mamat WINS!

Mardan Mamat of Singapore holds the winner's trophy after the final round of the Sabah Masters 2015 at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club. [PHOTO CREDIT:  WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

Mardan Mamat of Singapore holds the winner’s trophy after the final round of the Sabah Masters 2015 at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club.
[PHOTO CREDIT: WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

Singaporean Mardan Mamat prevailed in a pulsating final round to claim a masterful four-shot victory at the Sabah Masters on Saturday.

The 46-year-old successfully staved off a fierce challenge from Malaysia’s Danny Chia (67) and Arie Irawan (68) to triumph at our award-winning Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club.

Mardan was under immediate pressure from Chia, who rode a hot putter with six birdies through 11 holes. However, after Mardan sunk a five-footer birdie putt on the 12th hole, the crowd gasped in despair as Chia missed his chance to narrow the gap further. The Malaysian number one suffered another unlucky break when he two-putted for bogey on the following hole to fall off the pace.

Danny & Arie having a chat during the final round of the Sabah Masters 2015. [PHOTO CREDIT:  WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

Danny & Arie having a chat during the final round of the Sabah Masters 2015.
[PHOTO CREDIT: WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

Mardan after sinking his victory putt at the 18th Hole on the final round of the Sabah Masters 2015. [PHOTO CREDIT:  WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

Mardan after sinking his victory putt at the 18th Hole on the final round of the Sabah Masters 2015.
[PHOTO CREDIT: WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

“I’ve come close a number of times at the Sabah Masters in the past and failed to finish it off, so to finally get my hands on this trophy, means a lot to me. It is nice to start off my 2015 season on a winning note and to be pushed all the way to the end for this win makes it all the more satisfying,” said Mardan. [PHOTO CREDIT:  WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

“I’ve come close a number of times at the Sabah Masters in the past and failed to finish it off, so to finally get my hands on this trophy, means a lot to me. It is nice to start off my 2015 season on a winning note and to be pushed all the way to the end for this win makes it all the more satisfying,” said Mardan.
[PHOTO CREDIT: WORLD SPORT GROUP / KHALID REDZA]

A very happy Mardan receives his trophy and cheque prize from YB Datuk Kamarlin Ombi, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment and Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, charmain of Sabah Toursim Board.

A very happy Mardan receives his trophy and cheque prize from YB Datuk Kamarlin Ombi, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment (centre) and Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, charmain of Sabah Toursim Board (right).

Winners & Organising Committee's group photo after the prize presentation ceremony.

Winners & Organising Committee’s group photo after the prize presentation ceremony.

A very lucky young fan, 11-year-old Bryan William James gets an autographed golf ball and a photo with Sabah Masters 2015 Champion, Mardan Mamat.

A very lucky young fan, 11-year-old Bryan William James gets an autographed golf ball and a photo with Sabah Masters 2015 Champion, Mardan Mamat.

Similarly, Irawan’s putting woes returned to haunt him after an inspired start and he settled for a share of second alongside Chia on six-under 278. Finishing sole-fourth on 279, is Sabahan Ben Leong who returned with a flawless 67. Ben was named ‘Best Sabahan Player’ at the USD100,000 Tour Championship.

A three-under 68 capped with a solid four day total of 10-under-par 274 saw Mardan pocketed USD16,675. Even a late bogey on the 17 failed to ruffle Mamat, who notched four birdies in a closing three-under 68 to clinch his fourth ASEAN PGA Tour title.

At the Asean PGA Tour Annual Awards Dinner Ceremony held at Marina Cafe, Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club, several Sabah Masters 2015 Awards were presented to the players. Below is the list of winners:

Best Stroke Average 2014 : Gunn Charoenkul (Thai)
Birdie Leader 2014: Ratchapol Jantavara (Phi)
Most Inspiring Performance of the Year 2014 : Lim Eng Seng (Mas)
Host Venue of The Year 2014: Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club
Rising Star of the Year 2014: Jhonnel Ababa (Phi)
Order of Merit Champion 2014 : Gunn Charoenkul (Thai)
Player’s Player of the Year 2014 : Gunn Charoenkul (Thai)
One Asia Q-School 2014 Order of Merit:

  1. Gunn Charoenkul (Thai)
  2. Mardan Mamat (Sin)
  3. Supravee Phatam (Thai)
  4. Kwanchai Tannim (Thai)
  5. Pipatpong Naewsuk (Thai)

Leading final round scores – Par-71 

Malaysian unless stated

274 – Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 69-66-71-68
278 – Danny CHIA 73-71-67-67, Arie IRAWAN 71-66-73-68
279 – Ben LEONG 74-69-69-67
281 – Sutijet Kooratanpisan (THA) 69-73-72-67
282 – Masaru Takahashi (JPN) 73-66-73-70, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 72-67-73-70
283 – Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 75-71-68-69
284 – Song Gyu YOO (KOR) 72-71-72-69, Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 70-73-72-69, Mohd Sukree OTHMAN 73-68-73-70, Joeh SEIK (INA – Am) 72-71-71-70, Pipatpong NAEWSUK (THA) 69-71-72-72, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 72-71-69-72

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

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