Golf: Part-time pro wins PGM Tour Qualifying School by three shots

MARCUS Low Khai Loon captured his third Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Qualifying School title with a three-shot victory margin at Danau Golf Club in Bangi, Selangor.

The 29-year-old, who said he does not play as often as he would like because of business commitments, carded a two-over 218 total at the three-day tournament that rewards the winners with a playing rights on the PGM Tour proper.

A two-under 70 in the third and final round set up Low’s win as he came from behind to triumph, having started the last day third on the leaderboard.

That effort was the low round of the tournament and Low attributed it to “working the greens” which he added, he found rather tricky.

“I had issues reading the greens over the first two days, but in the last round I kind of worked them out and putted a lot better – that’s what made the difference I would say, ” he added.

Low, who also has PGM Qualifying School wins in Port Dickson Golf Club and Impian Golf & Country, said he was pleased with the win and “happy” that all parts of his game were in sync over the week.

Lam did well enough in Bangi to finish in a tie for third place.

“It was a good tournament in that I drove the ball well, hit my irons solid and executed some crucial short-game shots. And while my putting was not quite there over the first two days, it came together in the third round – when it mattered most, ” added Low. In the first round he shot a three-over 75 and was second on the leaderboard and then in the second round he carded a 73 and slipped further back to third place.

The player, who has business interests in the food and beverage industry, turned pro in 2012 and duly won the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM) qualifiers in his first event in the pro ranks.

“That was a fine start after I turned pro. But shortly after that we began our business and that curtailed my playing schedule. These day I play as much as maybe I would want it to be. But even then, when I do play I do my best every time I’m out there, ” said Low.

At Danau, amateur player Mohd Firdaus Sabri finished second with a five-over 221 total. A multiple winner on the local amateur scene, he shot 76,71 and 74.

Lam Yu Shuen was joint third with Loh Junyou, also of the amateur ranks. They were on 223, while Tan Yih Wei, the third amateur player in the top-five, finished fifth with a 225 total.

PGM Qualifying School – Danau Golf Club

Pos Total Par Name Scores

1 218 +2 Marcus Low Khai Loon 75-73-70

2 221 +5 Mohd Firdaus Sabri (A) 76-71-74

3 223 +7 Lam Yu Shuen 75-74-74

3 223 +7 Loh Junyou (A) 75-71-77

5 225 +9 Tan Yih Wei (A) 77-75-73

6 228 +12 Tan Yih Heng (A) 76-75-77

6 228 +12 Muhammad Haziq Aeman (A) 76-74-78

8 230 +14 Ahmad Sharul Anuar (A) 78-79-73

9 237 +21 Shariffuddin Jani 76-79-82

9 237 +21 Mohamad Atiff Amsyar (A) 80-80-77

11 240 +24 Hisham Sarjeet 81-78-81

11 240 +24 Andrez Dayap (A) 73-83-84

13 247 +31 Mohd Shahril Khanapiah (A) 86-76-85

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