Johor Baru, Oct 6: In a riveting showdown at the Forest City Golf Resort, local talent Daeng Abdul Rahman clinched the Camry Cup title by a slender one-stroke margin, staging a remarkable comeback to claim the coveted trophy.
Daeng’s impressive performance, highlighted by a two-under 70 on the final day, culminated in a three-day aggregate score of 213, securing his triumph over overnight leader Kemarol Bahrain.
The tournament witnessed fierce competition between the two contenders, with neither holding a significant advantage throughout the event.
However, it was Daeng who ultimately emerged victorious, sealing his one-shot lead with a crucial birdie on the 16th hole, and both players went on to birdie the 17th, concluding the tournament on a high note.
Reflecting on his victory and the impeccable condition of the Legacy Course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Daeng Abdul Rahman expressed his gratitude, stating, “It’s been a great tournament, everything was perfect.
The course was in great shape and the greens were fast. I thank everyone for putting up a great show. It’s fantastic to win again as my last victory was in 2017.”
The Camry Cup marked a historic moment as it became the first event on the Toyota Tour where the “preferred lie” rule was not in effect.
Furthermore, this tournament marked the inaugural professional event hosted by Forest City, making it a memorable milestone for both the venue and the tour.
The Toyota Tour is organized by Professional Golf Malaysia and delivered by MST Golf Group.
In the women’s division, Geraldine Wong secured her maiden professional victory in dramatic fashion. She birdied the final hole to finish with a round of 76, accumulating a three-day aggregate score of 220, edging out Audrey Tan by a single stroke.
This win earned Geraldine a well-deserved prize of RM10,000.
Geraldine entered the 17th hole trailing her fellow rookie Audrey by a stroke, but a decisive birdie on the 18th hole proved to be the game-changer.
Her composed putting on the last green secured her the tournament victory, while Audrey’s bunker trouble resulted in a bogey.
Reflecting on her clutch performance, Geraldine said, “My caddy helped me with the line, which was right to left and slightly uphill, and I’m extremely happy to have made that putt, especially when I couldn’t make a putt the whole day.”
Looking ahead, Geraldine eagerly anticipates competing in the Alphard Cup at Kota Seriemas in two weeks.
Following that, she will participate in the qualifying schools in Thailand and Taiwan.
For Audrey Tan, this achievement marked a significant milestone since turning professional and earning her Toyota Tour card just three weeks ago at the Qualifying School at Palm Resort GCC.
In the Order of Merit rankings, leader Aretha Pan finished joint third with Dianne Luke, both posting a score of 224.
Final Leading Scores (Men):
- 213 Daeng Abdul Rahman 72-71-70
- 214 Kemarol Baharin 72-70-72
- 216 Kim Leun Kwang 73-72-71
- 218 Faisal Sabudin 73-71-74
- 220 Maveen Kumar 75-76-69
- 221 Khor Kheng Hwai 73-75-73
- 220 Geraldine Wong 73-71-76
- 221 Audrey Tan 75-73-73
- 224 Aretha Pan 78-72-74; Dianne Luke 73-75-76
- 225 Ng Jing Xuen (am) 73-74-78
- 226 Durriyah Damian 76-76-74
- 231 Pang Hee Jie (am) 75-74-82
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