Anthony makes a name for himself in Malaysia

His name is Anthony, he is American and of Korean heritage. He has also won a tournament. And no, he is not Anthony Kim.

He is Anthony Kang, an Asian Tour veteran who has gotten the better of his namesake, and everyone else at the Malaysian Open this weekend.

Kim, the American Ryder Cup star, was the main drawcard at the European Tour and Asian Tour event but it was the other Anthony who walked away with the top prize.

Kang closed with a five-under-par 67 for a total of 17-under 271 for his first title in eight years.

The 36-year-old found birdie on a par-five 18th to prevent a play-off and win the tournament by one shot over India’s Jyoti Randhawa, Thai Prayad Marsaeng and the English duo of David Horsey and Miles Tunnicliff.

Kang was two off the lead at the start of the final round but his impressive 33 on the front nine set him up for a memorable triumph at the Saujana Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Anthony Kim, meanwhile, was ruing an opening round of 74 that prevented him from challenging for honours. He followed up with rounds of 65, 71 and 67 but it was only good enough for a total of 281, 10 strokes off the pace.

Kang, who has been playing in Malaysia for more than a decade, said in an Asian Tour press release:

“I actually dreamt last night that I won the tournament but I have those sort of dreams quite often! It feels great to have beaten a strong field here – it hasn’t quite sunk in yet but it is an amazing feeling.”

The Malaysian tournament is one of several events co-sanctioned by the Asian and European tours and counts towards the Race to Dubai grand finale at the end of the season.

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