Adilson Da Silva was one of two Sunshine Tour players who came close to taking a maiden Asian Tour title on the weekend as IndiaÂs Himmat Rai claimed an enthralling five-way play-off victory at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic.
Da Silva and Tjaart van der Walt were in a share of the lead with Rai, Filipino Elmer Salvador and Dutchman Guido Van Der Valk at nine-under-par after regulation play on Sunday at the Orchid Country Club, but bowed out with Van Der Valk after the second play-off hole.
Rai, who signed off with a one-over-par 71, double-bogeyed the 13th hole to fall back on the leaderboard but charged home with courageous birdies on 15 and 16 while long time pacesetter Da Silva dropped a costly double-bogey on the 15th hole.
Da Silva seemed to have things all sewed up as thunderstorms threatened, but he was only able to card a one-over-par 71 in his final round after he made a costly double-bogey on the 15th.
Van der Walt finished with a three-under-par 67 to get into the playoff, while JbeÂ Kruger consolidated his fourth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with a share of eighth place.
James Kamte finished on level par for the tournament in a share of 37th, while defending champion Peter Karmis shared 51st with his tournament total of three-over-par.