Singapore’s Quek Wins PGM Northport Champinship
Singapore’s Quincy Quek claimed his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in seven years after firing a bogey-free 10-under-par 62 to edge Australia’s Adam Blyth by one shot for the PGM Northport ADT Championship.
Quek, who came into the final round trailing Blyth by three shots, closed with a flawless round highlighted by 10 birdies to end the tournament with a winning total of 25-under-par 263 at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.
Blyth was left to rue a missed opportunity for his first victory in Asia after registering a second straight 66 to take second place. Fiji’s Sam Lee finished seven shots back in third following a 67 while Shahriffuddin Ariffin (67) ended the tournament as the best local in tied-fourth, alongside American Trevor Simsby (69).
Two-time Asian Tour winner Danny Chia of Malaysia and 2017 ADT Order of Merit winner Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand carded respective rounds of 67 and 71 to sign off for tied-sixth place, 11 shots adrift off the champion.
Quincy, who claimed his first ADT victory in 2012 in the Philippines, said his long-awaited second win was quite special.
“I was rolling the putts pretty well this week. But I came into this round knowing Adam will shoot at least a five (under-par), so I will have to shoot eight (under-par) and more to tie him,” said Quincy, who pocketed RM39, 375 courtesy of his win.
“The goal was to go out and get as many birdies out there. My game was good enough, and once you start rolling in the putts it takes the stress off the rest of my game.”
Quek was relentless as he aimed to make up ground on Blyth at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.
The 32-year-old racked his first birdie on the second hole, before closing the front nine with a 32.
Quek upped the ante after the turn, sinking six birdies, including one on the final hole for the win.
The Singaporean now ranks 14 on the money list with US$11, 434.06.
Hyukchul Shin earned a distinction of firing a hole-in-one on the 150-meter par-three second hole on Saturday. The Korean would sign for an eventual 68 to finish 15 shots back of the winner in tied-10th place.
“I saw the pin on the left side and I thought I would try my luck. I’m really pleased it went in!” said Hyukchul, who received a certificate of acknowledgement for his feat.
Final round scores:
263: Quincy Quek (SGP) 68-67-66-62
264: Adam Blyth (AUS) 68-64-66-66
270: Sam Lee (FIJ) 66-68-69-67
273: Shahriffuddin Ariffin (MAS) 72-68-66-67, Trevor Simsby (USA) 68-69-67-69
274: Danny Chia (MAS) 70-68-69-67, Pannakorn Uthaipas (THA) 69-64-70-71
275: Koki Ishihara (JPN) 70-67-70-68, Kenneth De Silva (MAS) 71-69-67-68
278: Khor Kheng Hwai (MAS) 70-72-69-67, Hyukchul Shin (KOR) 69-69-72-68,
Kemarol Baharin (MAS) 72-66-70-70
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