Japan's Takaaki Kono yesterday (Sunday) held off a strong challenge from Australian golfer David Graham to win the Malaysian Open Golf Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
Chen Chien-Chung tee off
Peter Thompson tee off
Tomoo Ishii tee off
Graham Marsh tee off
David Graham tee off
Takaaki Kono tee off
David Graham putting
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Background: Japan's Takaaki Kono yesterday (Sunday) held off a strong challenge from Australian golfer David Graham to win the Malaysian Open Golf Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
Kono came through to the lead before the final round after fellow countryman Haruo Yasuda - the early leader - dropped out of the running.
Play on the selangor course near the Malaysian capital began in fine weather but skies gradually turned cloudy with heavy rain falling as Kono approached the tenth hole.
Kono went into the last round with seven stroke lead from David Graham but finished only two strokes up after Graham fired a six-under-par 66.
Tied in the third place two strokes behind at the end were Australia 's Graham Marsh and LU Lian-huan of Taiwan. Ben Arda of the Philippines came home fourth, followed by Chen Chien -chung of Taiwan.
David Graham posed a serious threat to Kono when he trailed by four at the mid-day point. The Australian pressed on but Kono finished off with a one-under-par 35 for the back stretch to win the championship and top prize money of more than three-thousand American dollars.
A gallery of more than two-thousand people including the Malaysian King, Sultan Abrul Halim Shah and Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, watched Kono play the final round.