Manila | February 9, 2015
The 2nd Resorts World Manila Masters concluded at the Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club with a new champion. Mardan Mamat of Singapore ended a two-year title drought by romping to a commanding six-shot victory at the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com on Sunday, November 23.
The 47-year-old veteran completed a stylish wire-to wire victory with a final round of three-under-par 69. His winning total of 20-under-par 268 sealed his fourth Asian Tour success and second in the Philippines. Entering the week in 74th place on the Order of Merit, Mardan, who earned US$180,000, was in total control as he extended his overnight four-shot lead to six by turning in 34 with two birdies. He dropped a couple of bogeys coming home but three more birdies on the card ensured a victorious walk up the 18th fairway.
“It means a lot to me,” said a tearful Mardan, who fell on his knees kissing the ground after tapping in for par at the last hole for what was his career third start-to-finish victory.
“This is my last year of exemption (after winning the 2012 Philippine Open) and I needed to play well to keep my card. I wanted to win again to keep my exemption for the next few years. When I was on the range, the wind was pretty strong and I knew the scores wouldn’t be low. I couldn’t control anyone, only myself and I focused on my own game. I knew I needed to keep to my own pace, keep to my own strength and it worked out.”
Despite holding a big lead down the stretch, Mardan conceded he only felt confident of hoisting the Resorts World Manila Masters trophy after striking his second shot on the closing hole.
“Anything can still happen. I didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes and I just kept the ball in play. I didn’t feel comfortable until after I hit my second shot on 18. Only then did I feel comfortable about winning this tournament.”
Resorts World Manila Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly said, “This is the second year of the Resorts World Manila Masters and I’d like to give special thanks to the partners who have made this event possible. First of all, Bob Sobrepeña and the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club for having the course in fantastic condition, our presenter 918.com because without their support all of this would not have been possible, and the myriad of sponsors who joined us for this particular tournament. It’s been a fantastic finish and we have a truly worthy champion.”
Resorts World Manila Masters 2014 was presented by 918.com and sponsored by Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club (Host Venue), Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, International Gaming Technology, Renoir Implementation Services, Marriott, Philippine Airlines, Maybank, PLDT, and Avis.