Date: February 15, 2009
Author: PA Sport and Sportal

Blyth falters in Malaysia

Australian Adam Blyth has faltered in the final round of the Malaysian Open slipping to tenth place after a one-over-par 73. Blyth went into the final round with a one-shot lead over the rest of the pack after a third-round 66, but it wasn t to be as American Anthony Kang proved to be the moct consistent in the final holes to win by a stroke at 17 under. Australians Scott Barr (72) and Marcus Fraser (70) finished at eight-under par in equal 30th, while Darren Beck and Stephen Leaney were a further shot back in joint 33rd after rounds of 71 and 73 respectively. Tony Carolan was the best of the Aussies in the final round with a five-under-par 67 to move up to a tie for 40th. Kang ended an eight-year victory drought, rolling home a short birdie at the final hole to emerge from a tightly-bunched. The 36-year-old began the final round two shots behind overnight leader Blyth but closed with a five-under-par 67 at Saujana Golf and Country Club&aposs Palm Course to win the US dollars 2million event, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours. The American finished with a 17-under-par 271 total for the biggest win of his career and first on the Asian Tour since the 2001 Myanmar Open. With his late birdie, Kang avoided a possible five-way play-off with the English duo of David Horsey (64) and Miles Tunnicliff (68), Jyoti Randhawa of India (66) and Thailand&aposs Prayad Marksaeng (68), who finished tied for second on 16 under. Northern Ireland&aposs Gareth Maybin had nine birdies but bogeyed his final hole for a six-under 66 as he finished alone in sixth on 15 under. Louis Oosthuizen improved his position in the top 10 in the Race to Dubai after closing with a 65 to join Liang Wen-chong of China (71) and Alexander Noren of Sweden (71) in a share for seventh place. World No.11 Anthony Kim of the United States, the highest ranked player in the field finished in a tie for 33rd on seven under after closing with a five-under-par 67. Kang moved up the leaderboard early with three birdies on the front nine and was two shots in front of the field on 17 under after further birdies on the 11th and 13th. But the pressure appeared to get to the Asian Tour regular as the field closed in and he dropped a stroke on the 15th after putting his approach shot into the pond fronting the green. He parred the next two holes to arrive at the par-five 18th in a tie for the lead with Horsey, Randhawa and Prayad but gave himself a chance to secure the outright win by reaching the green in two. His eagle putt from nearly 70 feet came up just short but after Prayad missed his birdie attempt, the American was able to tap in to secure the victory.