Singaporean Mardan Mamat secured his 4th ASIAN TOUR win when cruising to victory in the RESORTS WORLD MANILA MASTERS at The Southwoods Golf & Country Club in Laguna, Philippines.
Mamat fired a 3-under par 69 on day 4 and was never in doubt of clinching his second ASIAN TOUR win in the Philippines, having won the PHILIPPINE OPEN in 2012.
A birdie on the 4th and another on the 9th gave the 47-year old a seven-shot advantage and on remaining holes, Mamat was simply keeping his nerves in check, while his challengers made errors.
A bit of pressure briefly appeared when the Singaporean recorded a bogey on 10 and 13, which he 3-putted, missing a 3-footer for par, that cut his lead to 4 strokes.
But playing on his long experience on the ASIAN TOUR, Mamat rebounded quickly, drilling birdies on 14 and 15, while holding pars on 16, 17 and 18 to collect the winner's prize of US$180,000.
Overcome with emotion, Mamat, a devout Muslim, turned toward Mecca, kissed the 18th green and bowed on his knees to express gratitude.
It was the biggest win of Mamat's career, who had difficulties with his game the last few years. At the RESORTS WORLD MANILA MASTERS, the Singaporean though was an inspiration of consistency, recording all 4 rounds in the 60s. He said, "when I went to the course on the last day and noticed strong winds, it would be difficult for all to shoot low scores. Still I had to play good to maintain my position."Read more...