On a blustery day at the Manila Southwoods Masters Course, Mardan Mamat bucked the challenges of his pursuers and picked his way around the golf course to win the Resorts World Manila Masters in magnificent fashion with a wire to wire win with a 3-under par 69.
Mamat bucked the challenge of Kiradech Aphibarnrat who started hot with birdies on the first and third but came undone with a double bogey on the par 5 fourth. He never recovered and finished in a tie for fourth with Sam Brazel, Hung Chien Yao and Paul Peterson.
Mamat’s closest pursuer was the young Frenchman Lionel Weber who toured the Manila Southwoods Masters Course in 2-under par 70 in spite of a double on the second and a bogey on the fourth to finish the tournament in solo second place at 14-under par.
“I seem to be able to get everything I want out there. Everything was important to me. I’m happy I secured my card for next year. This is my best performance so far. There was a lot of tension out there and I try to stay in my game, play hole by hole, shot by shot,” Weber said.
Prom Meesawat, who ranks third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit had an up and down day before making eagle on the par 5 fifteenth and birdies on seventeen and eighteen to finish by himself in third at 12-under par.
“I didn’t have a good draw for the first two days. I played in the wind both days which made it a different course. Today was also windy but I put myself in full control and tried to give myself some birdie chances. I still made mistakes on the par five fourth hole and then missed some short putts. But it’s still a good week for me,” said Meesawat.
But the day was all about Mardan Mamat who stuck to his game plan in the weeks worst conditions. Even after he hit his drive on 10 into the water and made another bogey on 13, he remained calm as a cucumber and bounced back with birdies on 15 and 16 to stretch his lead to 6 and win going away.
Mardan was in tears in his television interview after the trophy presentation. He had considered quitting the tour earlier in the year after lackluster performances in previous tournaments. But there’s a magical connection between Mamat and the Philippines as his game seems to come alive here.
“When I was standing on the driving range this morning, I noticed that the wind was quite strong so I knew that the scores wouldn’t be so low. But I also knew that I had to stick to my game plan and play my game. Kiradech hits the ball so far so it was important not to try and play his game,” Mamat said.
“I made a bad choice of club for my tee shot on 10. The wind was strong and I decided to hit driver instead of 3-wood and I pulled the ball into the hazard. On 13, I left my tee shot on the front of the green, chipped up to 4-feet but didn’t commit to the line of my putt,” Mamat said of his two bogeys, “But I told myself, never mind it’s still mine and to stay calm and continue to play my game.”
“Then on 15, I had trouble with that tee shot all week. I was on the left rough 2 days and the right rough the other. So I decided to go with my 3-wood. Luckily I found the fairway, hit my rescue to the right side of the fairway and got up and down from there for birdie. Then on 16, I knew I needed a good drive and found the fairway. I hit my approach to 8-feet and made birdie from there.”
“I only felt comfortable that the tournament was mine after my second shot on 18. Walking up to my third shot, I finally relaxed and enjoyed the moment,” Mamat replied when asked when he knew the tournament was his.
It’s always nice to come back to the Philippines. I have a lot of friends here like Frankie Miñoza. He’s one of my idols and has been very supportive of golf in Asia. I always feel comfortable coming back to the Philippines.”
|1||1||Mardan MAMAT (SIN)||65||68||66||69||-20||(268)|
|2||3||Lionel WEBER (FRA)||70||70||64||70||-14||(274)|
|3||9||Prom MEESAWAT (THA)||73||72||63||68||-12||(276)|
|4||13||Sam BRAZEL (AUS)||67||75||67||69||-10||(278)|
|4||6||HUNG Chien-yao (TWN)||67||71||69||71||-10||(278)|
|4||6||Paul PETERSON (USA)||68||70||69||71||-10||(278)|
|4||2||Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA)||66||69||68||75||-10||(278)|
|8||4||Nicholas FUNG (MAS)||69||69||68||73||-9||(279)|
|9||35||Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA)||75||70||68||67||-8||(280)|
|9||25||Akinori TANI (JPN)||72||69||70||69||-8||(280)|
|9||25||Scott HEND (AUS)||73||69||69||69||-8||(280)|
|9||21||WANG Jeung-hun (KOR)||68||65||77||70||-8||(280)|
|9||21||Chiragh KUMAR (IND)||72||71||67||70||-8||(280)|
|9||13||Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA)||71||68||70||71||-8||(280)|
|9||13||Arie IRAWAN (MAS)||71||71||67||71||-8||(280)|
|9||9||Danny CHIA (MAS)||66||71||71||72||-8||(280)|
|9||9||Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN)||65||73||70||72||-8||(280)|
|9||6||Jbe KRUGER (RSA)||70||73||64||73||-8||(280)|
|9||4||Berry HENSON (USA)||74||68||64||74||-8||(280)|