Adilson, Tjaart come close in Singapore

Adilson Da Silva was one of two Sunshine Tour players who came close to taking a maiden Asian Tour title on the weekend as India’s 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 Jbe’ 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.

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