Lumut, Malaysia: John Catlin carded a five-under-par 67 in the final round of the PGM EurAsia Perak Championship to secure his first wire-to-wire victory and second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title.
The American, who won his maiden ADT title in 2016, traded seven birdies with two bogeys at the Damai Laut Golf & Country Club, located at the southern tip of Lumut.
That gave him a winning total of 16-under-par 272 and a seven-stroke triumph from Australian Martin Dive at the RM200,000 (about US$44,600) event.
“I felt terrible this morning because I didn’t get enough sleep last night. I was not feeling well all day and I just kept telling myself to put one foot in front of the other and play it one shot at a time. That was all I was saying to myself all day and all I had the energy for,” said Catlin.
Catlin started the round in slow fashion and lost his one-stroke lead when he three-putted his first hole and made bogey. He soon found his momentum with birdies on holes four and five before dropping a shot on the sixth to turn in 36. On the homeward nine he nailed four more birdies before sealing the deal with another birdie on 18.
“This win means a lot because I have been really close on the ADT all year long. My birthday is coming up in a couple of days so this was a nice little early present,” added Catlin, who will turn 27 on Wednesday (November 15).
Both Dive and Thai Panuwat Muenlek maintained their round three positions at second and third place respectively with final round 73s. Masaru Takahashi of Japan carded the lowest score of the day, his 64 lifting him into a share of seventh. He now leads the ADT Order of Merit with Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand in second place.
Catlin took home the winner’s prize of US$8,265 and jumped to third place on the Order of Merit. He will take a week off before his next ADT event at the PGM GlobalOne Championship at Kuala Lumpur’s Saujana Golf and Country Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.