Wed­ding present for Ben

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GOLFER Ben Leong reck­ons his up­com­ing wed­ding is the fac­tor be­hind his win at the Pro­fes­sional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) North­port Glen­marie Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day.

Ben beat English­man Steve Lew­ton by seven strokes.

“Def­i­nitely with the way I’m playing, it’s bring­ing me a lot of luck and I’m look­ing for­ward to my big day,” he said.

This is Ben’s first win at a co-sanctioned Asian Tour De­vel­op­ment event and a sec­ond PGM win this year. He picked up RM35,000 for his ef­fort of 20-un­der-par 196.

“The win came as a sur­prise for me and we have a lo­cal event in Port Dick­son (Mar 29-Apr 1) but I’m go­ing to give it a pass be­cause of my wed­ding (in May).”

Lew­ton played to an ag­gre­gate of 13un­der-par in sec­ond while Masaru Taka­hashi of Ja­pan, China's Liu Yan-Wei, Don­laphatchai Niy­om­chon of Thai­land and Scot­land's James Byrne shared third at 12un­der 204.

Gavin Green, who emerged run­ner-up at last week­end’s Hero In­dian Open, set­tled for joint 18th, playing to an ag­gre­gate of eight-un­der 208.

The 2016 PGM Or­der of Merit win­ner Ni­cholas Fung shared 10th with three other golfers fol­low­ing his ef­fort of 10-un­der­par 207.

The tour­na­ment was re­duced to 54holes due to in­clement weather.

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