Sunday, February 15, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) American Anthony Kang ended his eight-year title drought by getting a birdie on the final hole to win the Malaysian Open by one stroke Sunday.

Kang's 5-under 67 gave him a four-round total of 17-under 271, putting him a shot in front of four players: England's David Horsey (64) and Miles Tunnicliff (68), Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng (68) and India's Jyoti Randhawa (66) in the jointly sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour event.

Victory in the $2 million event ended a long wait for 36-year-old Korean-born Kang, who has lived in the U.S. since age 10. His previous wins were at the 1999 Philippine Open and the 2001 Myanmar Open.

``I actually dreamt last night that I won the tournament, but I have those sort of dreams quite often,'' Kang said. ``It feels great to have beaten a strong field here. It hasn't quite sunk in yet, but it is an amazing feeling.''

American Anthony Kim, the world's No. 11, effectively dropped out of contention with a 78 on the opening day, but finished with a 67 to be 10 shots behind Kang.

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