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Mardan masters the Masters, again
Godfrey Robert
Mon, Mar 16, 2009
The New Paper

REWIND to 12 March, 2006.

Mardan Mamat sinks a crucial putt, raises his tired arms and waits for his wife, Naz, to run towards him and give him a congratulatory hug.

The cheers of the 3,000 crowd still rang as Singapore saluted a majestic victory by a son of its soil at the Osim Singapore Masters and gave him entry into the European Tour.

Three years on, and almost to the day, Laguna National's Masters course rolled out the red carpet for another big Mardan triumph.

This time, there was no nerves about sinking a vital downhill putt, no detonating cheers, no live TV coverage, but a cruise to victory in the US$60,000 ($90,000) Mercedes Benz Masters tournament.

And he bagged the winner's purse of $14,625 with spontaneous applause after taking the sting out of the tournament with an emphatic victory.

He won by three shots over Thailand's Varut Chomchalam with four sub-par rounds, yesterday's three-under 69 laced with four birdies (third, sixth, 11th and 14th holes) and a lone bogey on the first.

It was the 41-year-old's maiden victory on the two-year Mercedes-Benz Tour.

Varut returned a 66, while a stroke further back were defending champion Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Indonesia's Rory Hie.

'It feels great to win. I was up against some really good young players like Rory, Varut and Pariya so this is an excellent result which has given me more confidence for the rest of the season,' said Mardan.

Advantage

The Singaporean, who finished with a four-round total of 14-under-par 274, added: 'Obviously I know the course very well so that is a big advantage and my ball striking was really good and so I am delighted about that.'

Varut carded the best round of the day thanks to a brilliant back nine of five-under 31.

'It was one of my best-ever rounds but Mardan was just too far ahead,' said Varut.

First-round leader Lam Chih Bing, who had a four-shot lead in this event last year before being caught by Pariya, finished outright fifth after coming in with a 71.

The next event on the Mercedes-Benz Tour, which this year features nine events, is the Singha Pattaya Open from 2 to 5 April.


FINAL SCORES

274: Mardan Mamat 69-69-67-69

277: Varut Chomchalam 69-73-69-66

278: Pariya Junhasavasdikul 71-70-69-68, Rory Hie 70-72-65-71

279: Lam Chih Bing 67-72-69-71

281: Wisut Artjanawat 71-71-71-68

283: Tanatchan Puaktes 72-71-70-70, S. Siva Chandran 69-72-70-72, Rey Pagunsan 68-73-69-73

285: R. Nachimuthu 74-71-70-70

286: Khor Kheng Hwai 72-73-71-70, Danny Chia 70-71-71-74. Pornpong Phatlum 72-72-67-75

287: Andik Mauluddin 71-72-72-72

288: Shaifubari Muda 75-71-71-71, P. Gunasegaran 71-72-71-74

289: Apichai Leelakajonjit 73-72-74-70, Panuwat Muenlek 73-70-75-71

290: Koh Dengshan (am) 74-75-71-70, Panuphol Pittayarat 74-73-73-70, Namchok Tantipokakul 68-72-77-73, Jay Bayron 70-72-73-75, M. Sasidaran 72-74-68-76.

 

 
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