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.