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Local Lion, Tze Huang Choo chipping for a birdie on the edge of the green on the 9th Hole of the Asian Amateur Championships (Photo : SSC) 

Singaporean golfer, Tze Huang Choo birdies the last hole with a magnificent putt to finish top ten in the Asian Amateur Championships at Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) yesterday afternoon.
 
Nine out of the starting 10 Singaporeans made the cut after day two of the championship. Tze Huang clinched an impressive joint ninth spot on the leader board, with a final score of 281, seven-under par.
 
24 year-old Tze Huang was the leader among his fellow Singaporeans after day one at the tournament scoring a consistent round that included three birdies on the 2nd, 10th, 14th and finishing in style by holing a final birdie on the 18th to make it four under par.
 
He had an unlucky dip in day two and three when he sunk two double bogeys on each day. His double bogeys cost him dearly as his lead was cut down to even at par at the end of round three.
 
Tied at 11th and fourteen stokes behind day three leader Ben Campbell, Tze Huang had to settled for a top ten finish as the leader’s score was just to big to overcome.
 
Lam Zhiqun was the next best Singaporean finisher. He tied for 21st with a 286, two-under par score. He put up a remarkable show on day two, when he landed eight birdies in the day to make the elimination cut.
 
The Handa Singapore Classic 2011 top amateur prize winner tried his very best to cut the deficit in the remaining two rounds in hopes of propelling himself further up the scoreboard.
 
Unfortunately, he could only manage a score of even on both rounds and eventually dropped two spots from 19th to 21st at one of the biggest amateur tournaments in the world. Following closely behind is fellow countrymen George Foo who finished tied at 24th.
 
George put up a valiant fight to improve his scoring after hitting one over par in the opening day. He displayed sheer determination and was aggressive in hitting the fairways to break under par. The Singaporean golfing cub managed to score one under par on the third day but could not continue his striking performance and had to be contend with finishing in the top 25.
 
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan played his final 42 holes without a bogey and completed the final round with an incredible total score of 18 under par. His outstanding performance led him to win the Asian Amateur Championship for the second straight year, earning another invitation to Augusta National to play in the Masters.
 
His final total of 270 consisted of rounds of 67-71-65-67 over the SICC’s New Course and sets the record for the lowest 72-hole score in Asian Amateur Championship history.
 
Matsuyama, a 19-year-old student at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai said, “ At last year’s Asian Amateur Championship, I was able to enjoy the tournament because it was my first time and I did not have a lot of pressure. But this time, since I knew that I had to win to play Augusta again, it was extra pressure for me and it is something I’ve never been through before.”
 
The Japanese wonder is now No.4 in the world amateur ranking and is making the headlines with his three consecutive amateur event victories.
 
Singapore will be hosting the prestigious, 2011 Barclays Singapore Open, from November 10th to 13th at the Sentosa Golf Club. The tournament will boasts prize money of US$6 million with the winner receiving a cheque for a staggering US$1 million.