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Lin Wen-tang produces some terrific late golf to win Solaire Open

Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei lived up to his billing as the ‘Linsanity of Golf’, when he produced a heroic performance to win his long-awaited sixth Asian Tour title at the Solaire Open on Sunday. Lin hit two remarkable shots on 17 and 18 from the woods for a one-over-par 73 to defeat Asian Tour rookie Richard T. Lee of Canada and Thammanoon Sriroj of Thailand by one stroke at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Lee battled to a 69 for his best Asian Tour result while Thammanoon’s title hopes faded when he bogeyed 16 and 18 for a 73 at the inaugural US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event.

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Lin Wen-tang takes slender lead into Final Round of Solaire Open

Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei held on to his lead in the third round of the Solaire Open despite dropping two shots in the last three holes on Saturday. Lin, a five-time Asian Tour winner but not since 2009, bogeyed holes 16 and 17 for a two-under-70 to hold a one-shot advantage with a four-under-par 212 total at the inaugural US$300,000 Asian Tour event.

Thai veteran Thammanoon Sriroj mixed his card with five birdies and four bogeys for 71 to stay in contention for a sixth Asian Tour title at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

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Joy for Jackson at Maybank Johor Masters

Grant Jackson of England landed his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after defeating local hope R. Nachimuthu and Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela by four shots at the PGM Maybank Johor Masters on Saturday.

Jackson posted a final round one-under-par 71 which was enough to earn his first victory this season after coming close on several occasions. He capitalized on his course record of 64 in the penultimate round for a winning total of 17-under-par 271 at the Johor Country Club.

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Leaderboard log jam at Solaire Open

Chinese Taipei star Lin Wen-tang put himself in position of winning a sixth Asian Tour title for the first time in over three years when he shot a one-over-par 73 in tough scoring conditions at the Solaire Open on Friday.

Lin was tied with Thai duo Thammanoon Sriroj (69) and Kwanchai Tannin (71) and Australia’s Matt Jager (72) on two-under-par 142 on a blustery day at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

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Jackson takes commanding 3-shot lead at Maybank Johor Masters with third round 64

Grant Jackson of England set a new course record at the Johor Country Club with a sizzling eight-under-par 64 to seize the third round lead at the PGM Maybank Johor Masters on Friday. The Englishman established a commanding three-shot lead over Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela with a 16-under-par 200 total at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

Murillo, who was the overnight leader, stayed on track for a first victory in Asia by shooting a 69 while Malaysian rising star Nicholas Fung was a further two shots back on 205 following a 70.

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Murillo leads Fung by 1 at the Maybank Johor Masters

Venezuela’s Wolmer Murillo edged into a one-shot lead over local hope Nicholas Fung at the halfway stage of the PGM-Maybank Johor Masters on Thursday. The 32-year-old Murillo, playing in his rookie year in Asia, carded a four-under-par 68 for a two-day total of 10-under-par 134 in the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event at the Johor Country Club.

Fung, the co-overnight leader with Murillo, battled to a 69 which included five birdies against two bogeys to stay in the hunt for his first ADT title after several close shaves.

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Kemmer takes 2-stroke lead on Opening Day of Solaire Open

Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate Dodge Kemmer of the United States kept his emotions in check when he grabbed the first round lead with a six-under-par 66 at the Solaire Open on Thursday. Kemmer returned with a clean scorecard highlighted by six birdies to hold a two-shot advantage over Thailand’s Pawin Ingkhapradit at the inaugural US$300,000 Asian Tour event, which is title sponsored by the Solaire Resort and Casino.

Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, a multiple Asian Tour winner and local hope Mars Pucay, who is searching for a first Asian Tour win, posted identical 69s to be among 12 players to shoot under-par at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

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Fung, Murillo tied for the lead on Opening Day of PGM-Maybank Johor Masters

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung fired a six-under-par 66 to grab the joint first round lead with Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela in the PGM-Maybank Johor Masters on Wednesday. The 22-year-old local hope shot seven birdies against a lone bogey on his last hole at the Johor Country Club to put himself in position to win a first title on the Asian Development Tour, which is the feeder circuit to the established Asian Tour.

Newcomer Murillo also enjoyed a strong start as he carded eight birdies against two drop shots to share first day honours with Fung, who had finished runner-up in the previous ADT event in Malaysia.

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Amazing Grace hopes to recapture his winning ways

South African Branden Grace hopes to rediscover that winning feeling when he defends his Volvo China Open title at Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin from May 2-5. Grace's victory at the OneAsia and European Tour co-sanctioned event last April was his third of the year, and he went on to lift the Alfred Dunhill Championship and finish sixth in the Race to Dubai -- not bad for a player who only made it onto the Tour via Q-School a few months earlier.

The China victory was more significant as it was his first away from home, and his ability to take on the tough links-like conditions at Binhai Lake, as well as a world-class field, marked the 24-year-old as one to watch.

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