Japan's Kesahiko Uchida gained is first major tournament title after 15 years as a playing professional when he won the 40,000 US Dollars Singapore Open Gold Championship with a four-day aggregate of 11 under par 173.
Spectators at 18th hole
Uchida receiving trophy
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Background: Japan's Kesahiko Uchida gained is first major tournament title after 15 years as a playing professional when he won the 40,000 US Dollars Singapore Open Gold Championship with a four-day aggregate of 11 under par 173.
The 39-year-old Uchida on Sunday (March 14) overcame a strong challenge from Filipino veteran Ben Arda to win the title by two clear strokes with a one-under-par 70.
A curling 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole virtually settled the issue for the Tokyo professional and ended a gallant stroke-for-stroke challenge from Arda who finished second with a 275 total after a 68 round.
Australia's Graham Marsh, a strong contender at the start of the day three strokes behind Uchida, could not sustain his challenge and fell out of the running with bogeys on the 11th and 12th. He finished with 73 card for a 279 total for third place.
Playing with tremendous power and accuracy, Uchida turned in 69 rounds on the first two days and then shot into the lead with a course record 65 at the 6,645-yard par 71 Bukit Course at the Singapore Country Club.