KANE WEBBER during the final round of the Malaysian Open.
KANE WEBBER during the final round of the Malaysian Open.

Kane holes third spot

LISMORE'S Kane Webber has indicated he will be a force to be reckoned with on this year's Asian Golf Tour.

Webber finished equal third at the $US2 million Malaysian Open that concluded on Sunday.

It was the third top finish in a month for the 27-year-old after he finished 17th at the Johnnie Walker Classic in India and 56th at the Indonesian Open.

After his $US96,385 third spot, Webber has amassed $US154,942 in 2008 so far and is ranked 8th on the order of merit.

"I'm very pleased," Webber said following his third placing.

"Making the cut at six under and then to come in with a chance to win here ... I'm happy with that."

The event was won by India's Arjun Atwal from Sweden's Peter Hedblom in a play-off after both had finished at 18 under.

Atwal knocked in his par putt on the second play-off hole while Hedblom three-putted, ending an eventful deciding hole.

They finished a stroke ahead of Webber, who missed a four-foot putt on the last hole that would have put him into the play-off, and England's Simon Dyson, who was left to curse a two-hour play suspension for a storm on the last day that interrupted his flow.

Webber's former coach, Lismore's Peter Jaeger, said it was one of the best results of Webber's career.

"It was a huge result," he said.

"He was in about 18th at one stage and then hit a last round 65. It was awesome watching it (on television)."

During his blistering final round Webber made a remarkable recovery on the par four 13th.

After hitting his drive into the rough, the right-hander hit a salvage shot onto the fairway and then had a 90 metre shot to the green.

Staring down the barrel of a bogey, Webber slam-dunked the approach shot straight into the hole. As a result the hole needed to be repaired.

There is a big incentive for Webber to keep his streak going. The top two or three on the Asian Tour order of merit get starts at the US and British Opens later in the year.

The American-based professional will tee off in the $US2.9 million Ballantine's Championship at Korea from Thursday.



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