Snyder Savours Sarawak Success

October 7, 2017

Blake Snyder celebrates his victory.

Sarawak, Malaysia: Blake Snyder was rewarded for his patience when he closed with a four-under-par 68 to win by two shots for his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the PGM MNRB Championship.

The 25-year-old American, who held a one-shot advantage heading into the final round, fired five birdies against one bogey for a winning total of 15-under-par 273 at the Damai Golf and Country Club.

John Catlin, also of the United States, came in runner-up after signing for a 67 while Singapore’s Johnson Poh returned with a 69 to take third place on 277 at the RM200,000 (about US$44,600) event.

Nirun Sae-Ueng fired a 72 to settle a further shot back in fourth while fellow-Thai Jakraphan Premsirigorn carded a 71 to sit in fifth place on 280. ADT Order of Merit leader Masaru Takahashi of Japan slipped to sixth place on 282 following a 74.

Snyder, who claimed his ADT breakthrough two years ago, sank two birdies against one bogey to turn in 35 before adding further birdies on 11, 13 and 15 to seal the deal.

He took home a cheque worth US$8,265 and soared to third place on the ADT Order of Merit, putting himself in position to secure one of the five Asian Tour cards on offer for the 2018 season.

“I was just trying to stay patient and stick to my rhythm. I tried not to think too much about winning. I birdied the 15th hole again today, hitting a four-iron to about five to six feet and sank the putt.

“I think it’s the toughest hole on this course so it was nice to make a birdie there,” said Snyder, who has notched five top-10 results prior to his victory in what is the 13th leg of the ADT schedule this season.

“This win means a lot to me. The game’s getting better and better. I was tied for the lead after the third round last week but I missed out on the win as I didn’t play well on the last day. I am glad I continued to play well in the final round today and win the tournament,” Snyder added.