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Birdie Spree Propels Quek to Come-From-Behind Victory

August 24, 2019
Quincy Quek returned to winning ways in Kuala Lumpur. Picture by Asian Tour.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Singapore’s Quincy Quek claimed his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in seven years after firing a bogey-free 10-under-par 62 to edge Australian Adam Blyth by one shot at the PGM Northport ADT Championship.

Quek, who entered the final round trailing Blyth by three shots, closed with a flawless round which included 10 birdies and eight pars to end the tournament with a winning total of 25-under-par 263 at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.

Blyth was left to rue a missed opportunity for his first victory in Asia despite registering a second straight 66 to take second place. Fijian Sam Lee finished seven shots back in third following a 67 while Shahriffuddin Ariffin (67) ended the tournament as the best local in tied-fourth, alongside American Trevor Simsby (69).

Two-time Asian Tour winner Danny Chia of Malaysia and 2017 ADT Order of Merit winner Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand carded respective rounds of 67 and 71 to sign off for tied-sixth place, 11 shots adrift of the champion.

Quek, who claimed his first ADT victory in 2012 in the Philippines, said his long-awaited second win was quite special.

“I was rolling the putts pretty well this week. But I came into this round knowing Adam will shoot at least a five (under-par), so I will have to shoot eight (under-par) and more to tie him,” said Quek, who pocketed RM39, 375 courtesy of his win. “The goal was to go out and get as many birdies out there. My game was good enough, and once you start rolling in the putts it takes the stress off the rest of my game.”

Quek was relentless as he made up ground on Blyth. The 32-year-old snared his first birdie on the second hole en route to a front nine 32. He upped the ante after the turn, sinking six birdies, including one on the final hole for the win.

The Singaporean now ranks 14th on the money list with US$11, 434.06.