Que tops Rodgers for third Asian Tour title
PETALING JAYA, Malaysia – Angelo Que of the Philippines bested England’s Chris Rodgers in a playoff at the Selangor Masters for his third Asian Tour title.
Que, 31, outlasted Rodgers with a par at the first extra hole after both players finished tied at 6-under 278 in regulation in the RM1.2 million (about US$300,000) event at Seri Selangor Golf Club.
LEADING FINAL-ROUND SCORES
278 - Angelo Que* (PHI) 70-70-68-70, Chris Rodgers (ENG) 71-69-69-69
*Que wins playoff with par on first extra hole
279 - Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 69-70-72-68
280 - Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 72-68-69-71, Brad Smith (AUS) 69-69-72-70, Scott Hend (AUS) 69-72-71-68
281 - Scott Barr (AUS) 71-67-72-71
282 - Namchok Tantipokakul (THA) 70-69-71-72, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 69-71-72-70, Mars Pucay (PHI) 72-68-72-70
283 - Kunal Bhasin (AUS) 77-67-67-72, Chapchai Nirat (THA) 73-67-73-70, Darren Beck (AUS) 74-68-73-68
284 - Airil Rizman (MAS) 66-72-72-74, Chawalit Plaphol (THA) 70-71-69-74
Thai Thaworn Wiratchant finished third, one shot out of the playoff, after a 68 that included a costly double bogey on the 18th hole. Australians Scott Barr and Brad Smith shared fourth place with Filipino Juvic Pagunsan at 280.
Taking a one-shot lead into the final round, Que, whose last victory was at the 2008 Philippine Open, carded a 70 Sunday and was caught by playing competitor Rodgers, who closed with a 69.
But Rodgers was forced to settle for his fourth runner-up finish in Asia after making mistakes in the playoff that gave Que the victory, and the winner’s check of US$59,717.
Rodgers found the greenside bunker from a poor lie, left his third shot well short of the pin and then took three putts for a 6. Que split the fairway with a long drive and had the luxury of a two-putt for his victory.
“Three is a charm,” Que said. “Winning a third time tells you that you can really do it no matter what. You just need to have the right mindset and believe in yourself that you can do it.”
A 20-foot birdie conversion on 16 drew Que level with Rodgers, but the Filipino bogeyed 18 to fall into the playoff.
“Sixteen was the key,” Que said. “After I holed my bogey putt in regulation, I was so relieved, and I was calmer than earlier this morning. I was happy to be in the playoff as it was just me against Chris and I wasn’t fighting against the field any more. Chris played well, but he was unlucky in the playoff.”
Rodgers was searching for a second victory after his 2006 Pakistan Open win, and took the defeat in stride. “Finishing second is never fun,” he said. “We were battling away in a good way as we’ve known each other for a long time. It is a good tournament for me but a disappointing finish.”
Thaworn, bidding for a record-equaling 12th Asian Tour victory, charged up the leaderboard with five birdies, including four in a row, on his back nine but stumbled with several poor shots, which included one that landed in the hazard on 18.
“I hit it too much right with the driver and then found it difficult from there on. I’ve always said that this course was a tough one,” Thaworn said.
Airil Rizman finished as the leading Malaysian at T-14 after closing with a 74 for a 284 total.
Asian Tour contributed to this report.