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Kang earns tight win in Malaysia

FINAL LEADERBOARD (GB and NI unless stated):
-17 A Kang (US) -16 P Marksaeng (Tha), D Horsey, M Tunnicliff, J Randhawa (Ind) -15 G Maybin
Selected others: - 14 L Oosthuizen (SA) -11 N Dougherty -7 A Kim (US)

Anthony Kang
Kang secured the biggest win of his career and his first for eight years

American Anthony Kang birdied the final hole for a tight one-stroke victory in the Malaysian Open at Saujana.

Kang shot a five-under 67 to finish 17 under par as overnight leader Adam Blyth of Australia fell away with a 73.

Kang avoided a play-off with England's David Horsey (64) and Miles Tunnicliff (68), Jyoti Randhawa of India (66) and Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand (68).

Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin was one shot further back after going six under for the final round.

Kang's victory in the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event was the biggest of his career and his first for eight years.

"It feels wonderful. I've been playing in Malaysia since 1996 or 1997 so to finally win this event... I'm speechless," he said.

"This feels like where I started to play golf so to win this tournament is just beyond beautiful."

The 36-year-old made three birdies on the front nine and further birdies at the 11th and 13th put him two shots ahead of the field on 17 under.

He dropped a stroke on the 15th after putting his approach shot in water but reached the green at the par-five 18th in two.

His eagle putt from nearly 70 feet came up just short but Kang was able to tap in the winning stroke after Prayad missed his birdie attempt.

Kang added: "The last three rounds is probably the best golf I've played so far. I think I made only one bogey which was on the 15th hole today.

"After I hit it into the water there, I dropped it in the drop zone and just told myself to try to just finish it off with a bogey and regardless of what happened I told myself that I was playing great golf and had nothing to put my head down about.

"Fortunately I hit a good shot in there, made a bogey and was still in the lead."

South African Louis Oosthuizen (65) strengthened his chances in the European Tour's Race to Dubai standings by joining Liang Wen-chong of China (71) and Alexander Noren of Sweden (71) in joint seventh.

The highest ranked player in the field, world number 11 Anthony Kim of the United States (67), finished tied for 33rd on seven under.

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