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Early birthday present for veteran Prayad with SMBC Singapore Open triumph

Sentosa, Singapore, January 22: Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng received his early birthday present when he eclipsed his younger rivals with a final round four-under-par 67 to lift his 10th Asian Tour title at the SMBC Singapore Open on Sunday. Prayad’s closing birdie on 18 proved decisive as it gave him a one-shot advantage and also the clubhouse lead while the rest of the field were still out at the Sentosa Golf Club trying to pip him to the title. Prayad, who turns 51 on January 30, was eventually crowned the newest […]

Scott takes pole position at SMBC Singapore Open

Three-time winner Adam Scott of Australia assumed his familiar position atop the leaderboard at the SMBC Singapore Open after birdieing the 18th on Sunday morning for a third round 69. The world number seven has a three-day total of nine-under-par of 204, a shot clear of Thailand’s Tirawat Kaewsiribandit and Phachara Khongwatmai, who completed their third rounds before darkness fell on Saturday, Angelo Que of the Philippines and halfway leader Seungsu Han. Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, shot a superb eagle at the last for a 69 […]

Thai duo lead at weather-hit SMBC Singapore Open

Sentosa, Singapore, January 21: Thailand’s Tirawat Kaewsiribandit and Phachara Khongwatmai braved the heavy rains by snatching the third round clubhouse lead at the weather-hit SMBC Singapore Open on Saturday. Close to three and a half-hour of play was lost due to lightning activities and thunderstorms in the afternoon. When play finally got underway again at 5.30pm, it was the 27-year-old Tirawat, who stormed to the top by returning to fire two birdies in his remaining three holes for a five-under-par 66. Phachara also had a closing birdie to thank for […]

New Daddy Quek shows the “nappy factor”

Sleep-deprived new dad Quincy Quek of Singapore gave some truth to the “nappy factor” in sport by fashioning two fine rounds to lie joint fourth at the halfway mark of the SMBC Singapore Open, Quek has had little shut eye and practiced sparingly since his wife Celine gave birth to their first child, Olivia, last Saturday. Yet Quek played assured golf over The Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in the first two rounds and matching 68s put him well in the hunt, just two shots behind 36-hole leader Seungsu […]

Malaysia’s Green jumps into sole second at halfway mark

Sentosa, Singapore, January 21: Big-hitting Malaysian Gavin Green birdied his final hole on Saturday morning to move onto the shoulder of leader Seungsu Han at the halfway mark of the SMBC Singapore Open. Green carded a three-under 68 for a total of eight-under-par 134, a stroke behind Korean-born American Han who completed his round on Friday at Sentosa Golf Club. Three-time winner Adam Scott of Australia, who made the early running on Friday watched by huge galleries, is a further shot adrift in third spot. The world number seven carded […]

Unheralded Han upstages stars at SMBC Singapore Open

Sentosa, Singapore, January 20: Unheralded Seungsu Han of the United States upstaged the tournament marquee names by carding a second round four-under-par 67 to grab the second round clubhouse lead at the SMBC Singapore Open on Friday. Han, who is chasing his first professional win at the US$1 million Singapore showpiece, surprised even himself when he compiled a two-day total of nine-under-par 133 to give himself a two-shot advantage over Australia’s Adam Scott and Malaysia’s Gavin Green, who was at seven-under through 15 holes before play was suspended due to […]

Sentosa specialist Scott snatches clubhouse lead

Three-time champion Adam Scott continued his love affair with the SMBC Singapore Open on Friday by snatching the clubhouse lead midway through the second round after a delightful 67 that thrilled the large galleries. Scott sits on seven under 135, a shot ahead of Angelo Que of the Philippines who added a 69 to his first round 67. The smooth-swinging Australian put the finishing touches to his first round on Friday morning with a birdie at 17 and a disappointing three-putt par at the 18th for a 68 before teeing […]

Coletta poised for weekend action on pro debut

Rising star Brett Coletta of Australia had a professional debut to savour at the SMBC Singapore Open when he bookended his two under 69 with a birdie and an eagle. Twenty-year old Coletta, who shook up Australian golf last year by winning the Queensland Open and coming second in the NSW Open, is playing the prestigious tournament on an invitation. With a swing that has been compared to that of countryman Adam Scott, the three-time Singapore Open champion, Coletta’s debut as a professional was much anticipated and he did not […]

Schoolboy Lee relishes his moment in the spotlight at the Beat The Pro challenge

Young Singaporean Braydon Lee came close to upstaging world number seven Adam Scott, defending champion Younghan Song and Japan Tour number one Yuta Ikeda in the groundbreaking “Beat the Pro” competition at the SMBC Singapore Open on Friday. Nine-year-old Lee, a handy 12.7 handicapper, was challenged to hit nearer the pin than the illustrious trio at the par-three, 172-yard second hole on The Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. With the pros surrounding the pin with their tee shots it was a big ask but the seemingly nerveless Lee struck […]

Thai teenager Phachara puts pressure on leaders as first round concludes

Young hotshot Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand stumbled at the final hurdle on Friday morning and agonisingly missed a chance to leapfrog the Japanese duo of Hideto Tanihara and Satoshi Kodaira and Korea’s Kyungnam Kang into the lead after the completion of the first round of the SMBC Singapore Open. The 17 year old, whose star has been on the rise since 2014 when he became the youngest ever player to win a professional event at aged 14, returned to The Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club to finish off his […]