Friday, January 19, 2007

Ali bags RM22,000 top prize


ALI Kadir had a splendid day when he shot an eagle on the par-four first
hole en route to winning the RM150,000 Mercedes Benz MPGA Closed
Championships at the Saujana Golf and Country Club yesterday.
Ali returned an even par 72 for a four-day total of one-over 289 to
pocket RM22,000.
"I played a relaxed game today (yesterday), though I shot an eagle on
the first, I knew it would not be easy as this is a very tough course,"
said Ali.
With the win, Ali confirmed his ticket to the Asian PGA Tour next year.
Ali, who partnered M. Ramayah to finish 13th in the World Cup last
month, sank birdies on the fourth and seventh but bogeyed the second,
fifth, and eighth holes.
On the back nine, Ali birdied the 10th and 15th but bogeyed the 13th,
14th and 18th. The last hole was the result of a lost ball.
Rashid Ismail shared the second spot with P. Gunasegaran on 293.
Rashid carded a 75 while Gunasegaran returned a 72 in the final round.
Shaifubari Muda finished joint fourth with Jamaluddin Bador and
Nazamuddin Yusof. He could only manage a 76 while Jamaluddin and
Nazamuddin both had 74s.
In a tournament which produced high scores, Mohamed Tahir shot a three-
under 69 for the day's lowest score. He finished seventh on 299.
The best amateur was Mohamed Zamri, who had a total 307 and was followed
closely by Abang Khalifah on 308.
Final rd scores: 289 Ali Kadir 74-70-73-72; 292 P Gunasegaran 72-75-74-
72, Rashid Ismail 73-73-73-75; 295 Jamaluddin Bador 74-73-74-74,
Nazamuddin Yusof 73-73-75-74, Saifubari Muda 75-70-74-76; 299 Mohamed
Tahir 75-80-75-69; 300 Wong Hung Num 74-76-73-77; 301 A Anthonysamy 79-68-
78-76; 302 S Murthy 78-75-77-72; 304 M Ramayah 77-76-74-77, Ahmad Jamil
75-75-77-77, Mohamed Din 74-76-76-78; 306 Roslan Idris 80-77-80-69, Abdul
Rahim 80-74-80-72; 307 Danny Chia 74-78-77-78; 308 Baldev Singh 80-75-76-
77; 310 Malkit Singh 79-77-73-81; 311 Johnny Wong 74-83-79-75, V Gunalan
74-81-80-76, Rosdi Ismail 77-79-75-80; 312 Samsuddin Ramli 79-78-79-76,
Tan Boon Seng 75-78-82-77, Mohamed Rusli 78-76-79-79; 313 Sulaiman Ibrahim
79-79-79-76, V Suresh 71-83-78-81; 314 Shahizul Ahmad 80-77-78079,
Lawrance Lau 78-77-80-79; 315 Khamis Jalil 79-79-82-75, James Wong 75-79-
84-77; 316 Idris Majid 77-80-80-79, CM Chong 79-76-81-80; 317 Nor Azhar
79-74-84-80; 318 Tamilchelvam 79-78-81-80, Rosni Wan Chik 79-78-77-84; 319
Ruddin Wan Chik 78076-86-89; 320 N Valiappan 78-80-85-77; 322 Abdul
Zulkarnian 81-77-85-79, Ahmad Hambali 82-74-83-83.