Kiradech wins Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR - Kiradech Aphibarnrat put his name firmly among the ranks of the world's top golfers on Sunday, winning the Malaysian Open over the best of Asia and Europe.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat celebrates after winning the Malaysian Open golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. (AP Photo)

The big-hitting Thai scored his breakthrough victory in a $2.75 million (80.55 million baht) tournament that was shortened to 54 holes because of frequent thunderstorms. The event was co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.

Kiradech had rounds of 65, 68 and 70 in the tournament, for a total of 203.

The last round on Sunday was halted for more than two hours by a lightning threat, with Kiradech up by one strike and four holes left to play.

Kiradech shot 70 on Sunday to win the tournament by a stroke over Edoardo Molinari of Italy, who rallied with a 67, and by two shots over Denmark's Anders Hansen, whose Sunday round of 66 was the best of the day, but still fell short.

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Victor Dubuisson of France finished in a tie for fourth, three shots behind Kiradech.

The next best Thai was Prom Meesawat, who fired a par round on Sunday and finished in a four-man tie for 28th spot with a three-day total of five-under.

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