The 70th Sin­ga­pore Open Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship

Gre­gory Foo un­der­lines sta­tus as one of the world’s elite am­a­teur golfers with win

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Per­form­ing with an au­thor­ity and ma­tu­rity be­fit­ting a player listed within the top-80 in the R&A’s World Am­a­teur Golf Rank­ing, Foo sim­ply proved too strong for his ri­vals in an event that was re­duced to 54 holes due to tor­ren­tial rain.

“It’s a very spe­cial feel­ing to win this again,” said Foo, who is the first Sin­ga­pore-born player to win the na­tional ti­tle on two oc­ca­sions, his first in 2015. Rounds of 69, 66 and 69 en­abled Foo to com­plete three days at the Sin­ga­pore Is­land Coun­try Club’s (SICC) New Course with a seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able sixstroke ad­van­tage.

Fol­low­ing a 35-minute rain de­lay be­fore tee­ing-off in Fri­day’s fi­nal round, Foo moved to two-un­der through nine holes and was in to­tal com­mand when the heav­ens opened shortly be­fore mid­day.

With no let-up over the next two hours and sur­face wa­ter set­tling around the course, of­fi­cials called off the fourth round at 1.55 pm and de­clared the tour­na­ment a 54-hole con­test.

“It’s not the way I wanted to win it, but it’s still a tremen­dous thrill,” said Foo, who posted a three-day ag­gre­gate of 12-un­der 204. Malaysian Ervin Chang claimed sec­ond spot on 210 fol­lowed by the Thai duo of Ko­suke Ha­mamoto (211) and last year’s cham­pion Kam­malas Na­muan­gruk (213).

Foo, who will turn 24 in Novem­ber, can now look for­ward to an ex­cit­ing end to the year, dur­ing which he will spear­head Sin­ga­pore’s bid for glory at the South­east Asian (SEA) Games, the South­east Asian Am­a­teur Team Cham­pi­onship for the

Pu­tra Cup and the Asia Pa­cific Am­a­teur Team Cham­pi­onship for the No­mura Cup.

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