The Malaysia Open Champion – Trevor Simsby
Queensland’s Andrew Dodt has lost a playoff for the Banda Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur today, the Queenslander eventually being knocked out of the race for the title at the second extra hole when beaten by 27 year old American, Trevor Simsby, who won his first event as a professional.
Dodt appeared in the driver’s seat for much of the 54 holes of the weather reduced event until a double bogey at the 15th hole saw him slip one off the lead of three others.
He bounced back with a birdie at the 16th but a missed six foot birdie chance at the 17th would ultimately prove costly as, unable to birdie the 18th, he, Simsby and American Jarin Todd headed back down the 18th to determine the champion.
Todd was eliminated at the first extra hole after Simsby and Dodt both birdied but Simsby birdied at the second extra hole to take the title and the US$180,000 first prize.
Dodt and Todd tied for second and earned US$86,500 each.
Simsby, a graduate from the University of Washington where he played alongside PGA TOUR champion C.T. Pan of Chinese Taipei, was thrilled to claim his career biggest win yet in only his 12th start on the Asian Tour and first this season at the Malaysian showpiece.
The lanky American, who hails from Carlsbad, California, is playing in only his second year in Asia. He came through the 2019 Qualifying School and plied his trade on both the Asian Tour and the ADT last season.
Wade Ormsby was the next best of the Australians when he tied for 10th but remains on top of the 2020 Asian Tour money list courtesy in the main of his win in Hong Kong in January.
Queensland’s left hand amateur, Lawry Flynn, was the next best Australian when he finished a very impressive 16th.
The Asian Tour now has a one week break before the Hero Indian Open in New Delhi.