Ben Crane of the USA birdied the final hole to win the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at the Mines Resort & Golf Club in Malaysia by a single shot from England’s Brian Davis.
Crane began the final round with a two shot lead but, with five birdies in his first eight holes, Luke Donald joined the American at the top of the leaderboard. Unfortunately for the Englishman, he then slumped to a triple-bogey seven at the 9th hole to undo much of his earlier good work. Although he made three more birdies on the back nine, Donald had to be content to finish in a tie for third with Scotland’s Martin Laird.
Things looked rocky for Crane at the start of his back nine as he reeled off three straight bogeys between the 12th and 14th. But the American struck back with an eagle two at the driveable par-4 15th.
It was another Englishman Brian Davis who emerged as Crane’s closest challenger. He finished birdie, eagle, birdie to tie Crane on 17-under-par. That meant Crane needed a birdie of his own at the closing hole to secure the title in regulation play.
He found the green in two then holed a great putt to seal the win in the first PGA Tour sanctioned event to be held in Southeast Asia.
“I had a great opportunity with that putt on 18 which I’ll always remember,” he said. “I was so nervous and I was just praying. I just wanted to hit a good putt and to see it go into the hole. It felt so good.”
CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia
The Mines Resort & Golf Club, Selangor, Malaysia
October 28-31, purse $6,000,000, par 71
1 Ben Crane (USA) 67 64 66 69 266 $1,000,000
2 Brian Davis (Eng) 65 70 66 66 267 $575,000
T3 Luke Donald (Eng) 67 67 67 67 268 $403,000
T3 Martin Laird (Sco) 66 69 67 66 268 $403,000
T5 Robert Allenby (Aus) 72 66 68 64 270 $237,500
T5 Ernie Els (RSA) 67 68 69 66 270 $237,500
T5 Rickie Fowler (USA) 68 67 68 67 270 $237,500
T5 Mardan Mamat (Sin) 66 70 65 69 270 $237,500
T5 Ryan Moore (USA) 64 68 69 69 270 $237,500
T5 D.J. Trahan (USA) 67 67 68 68 270 $237,500
Note: Player in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only