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Mardan Completes Runaway Six-Shot Victory at Resorts World Manila Masters

By: Press Release

Mardan MamatManila, November 23: Overnight leader Mardan Mamat of Singapore ended a two-year title drought by romping to a commanding six-shot victory at the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com on Sunday.

The 47-year-old veteran completed a stylish wire-to wire victory with a final round of three-under-par 69 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club. His winning total of 20-under-par 268 sealed his fourth Asian Tour success and second in the Philippines.

Entering the week in 74th place on the Order of Merit, Mardan, who earned US$180,000, was in total control as he extended his overnight four-shot lead to six by turning in 34 with two birdies. He dropped a couple of bogeys coming home but three more birdies on the card ensured a victorious walk up the 18th fairway.

“It means a lot to me,” said Mardan, who fell on his knees kissing the ground after tapping in for par at the last hole for what was his career third start-to-finish victory.

“This is my last year of exemption (after winning the 2012 Philippine Open) and I needed to play well to keep my card. I wanted to win again to keep my exemption for the next few years. When I was on the range, the wind was pretty strong and I knew the scores won’t be low.

“I couldn’t control anyone, only myself and I focused on my own game. Playing with Kiradech, who hits it long, I knew I needed to keep to my own pace, keep to my own strength and it worked out.”

Despite holding a big lead down the stretch, Mardan conceded he only felt confident of hoisting the Resorts World Manila Masters trophy after striking his second shot on the closing hole. “Anything can still happen. I didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes and I just kept the ball in play. I didn’t feel comfortable until after I hit my second shot on 18. Only then did I feel comfortable about winning this tournament.”

Big-hitting Kiradech was disappointed he did not apply more pressure on Mardan. After opening with a birdie, he dropped a bogey on two and a double bogey on four subsequently saw him battling for survival.

“It didn’t go as I planned. I was just trying to attack the pin and play more aggressively so I can catch Mardan. The double on four was a big turning point and I couldn’t get my mind back,” said the 25-year-old.

Meanwhile Indonesia’s No. 1 George Gandranata continues his end of season rally as he pursues his Asian Tour card with sheer determination with another fine Top 20 finish on the Asian Tour, finishing in a tie for 20th with 3 others with consistent performance of four rounds in even par or better: 70-70-69-72. Gandranata must finish 60th or better on the end of season order of merit to earn his automatic playing rights for the 2015 season. Currently he sits in 64th, US $6,842 behind Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris in 60th. With 4 more Asian Tour events before the season close including the Bank BRI Indonesian Open first week of December, Gandranata with his current form has plenty of opportunities to play well and earn his tour card for 2015.

Sponsors of the Resorts World Manila Masters include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, International Gaming Technology, Renoir Implementation Services, Marriott, Philippine Airlines, Maybank, PLDT and Avis.

Scores after round 4 of the Resorts World Manila Masters being played at the par 72, 7,337 Yards Manila Southwoods GcC course (a- denotes amateur):

268 – Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 65-68-66-69.

274 – Lionel WEBER (FRA) 70-70-64-70.

276 – Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 73-72-63-68.

278 – Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 67-75-67-69, HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 67-71-69-71, Paul PETERSON (USA) 68-70-69-71, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 66-69-68-75.

279 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 69-69-68-73.

280 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 75-70-68-67, Akinori TANI (JPN) 72-69-70-69, Scott HEND (AUS) 73-69-69-69, WANG Jeung-hun (KOR) 68-65-77-70, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 72-71-67-70, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 71-68-70-71, Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 71-71-67-71, Danny CHIA (MAS) 66-71-71-72, Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 65-73-70-72, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 70-73-64-73, Berry HENSON (USA) 74-68-64-74.

Selected Scores

281 – George GANDRANATA (INA) 70-70-69-72

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