Prayad Marksaeng shines in Senior PGA

This year’s SMBC Singapore Open champion Prayad Marksaeng, undeterred by playing alongside many of the game’s greatest ever players, recorded an impressive joint 11th place in the Senior PGA Championship in the United States at the weekend. The 51-year-old fired rounds of 70, 69, 70 and 73 to finish six-under-par and earn a cheque for US$62,210. It was his first start of the season on the Champions Tour. Germany’s Bernhard Langer won the event finishing 18 under par, while Vijay Singh from Fiji was second and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez […]

Garcia claims first Major and Green jacket

Congratulations to Sergio Garcia from Spain for ending his long wait for a first Major title with a memorable play-off victory over England’s Justin Rose at the Masters. Sergio competed in the SMBC Singapore Open in January and tied for 11th – finishing four places behind winner Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng – to kick start what is turning out to be one of the finest seasons of his career. Sergio and Justin finished on nine under par after 72 holes at Augusta, setting up a sudden-death play-off on the 18th. The […]

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 […]