Mardan earns spot in inaugural Asia Pacific Classic
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Mardan Mamat defeated fellow Singaporean Lam Chih Bing by two strokes to win the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia – Invitational Regional Qualifier.
Mardan, a two-time Asian Tour winner, topped the 24-strong field this week with a two-day total of 138 at West Java’s Emeralda Golf Club to clinch a lucrative starting spot in October’s inaugural US $6 million CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.
“I played good today,” Mardan said. “I’m happy with my performance. Every time you get a chance to represent your country, it makes the experience better.”
Mardan’s success completed a memorable week, having earned US $36,000 Sunday for finishing fifth in the Indonesia Open.
He is now guaranteed a minimum of US $50,000, even if he finishes last in the limited field tournament at the Mines in Kuala Lumpur Oct. 28-31.
First-round leader Lam was disappointed with his finish but was gracious in defeat.
“I just didn’t play very well but nonetheless I am very happy for Mardan to see him go ahead and battle for us on behalf of Singapore and Asia,” Lam said.
The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour, Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia. In its inaugural year, it will feature an international field of 40 players with the winner taking home US $1 million.
The top25 available players from the PGA Tour’s final FedEx Cup standings will qualify for the tournament, along with the top10 players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit and five sponsor exemptions.
Apart from Mardan, the only other confirmed starter is Shaaban Hussin, winner of last month’s Malaysia National Qualifier.