Watney's brilliance wins Malaysian event
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia | Wrap | 28 Oct 2012
Nick Watney’s brilliant final round of 61 at the CIMB Classic at the Mines Resort outside of Kuala Lumpur has resulted in a narrow but stunning one shot victory over defending champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus in the restricted field event.
The event, while now part of the PGA Tour’s schedule, is not actually co-sponsored by the PGA Tour and the money for the tournament will not count towards the money list.
Watney began his final round 30 minutes ahead of but four shots behind Garrigus and Van Pelt but by the time he reached the turn in five under 30 he had moved within two of Van Pelt’s then lead.
Watney was not about to let up and in a stretch of seven holes starting from the 11th he recorded six birdies to be at 11under for the day and just one birdie away from a round of 59. Instead he would go the other way and bogey the last but he had set the mark for Garrigus and Van Pelt to catch.
Both tried valiantly to do just that but came up one short with Tiger Woods two shots further back in a share of 4th with Brendon de Jonge.
The leading Australians were John Senden, who recovered from a slow start on Thursday to finish tied with Greg Chalmers in 16th position.
Several of the players involved in this event will now travel to China for this coming week’s HSBC Champions event in Guangdong in Southern China.