Karmis tops good SA weekend in Asia

Lost in the ballyhoo surrounding Rory McIlroy’s US Open victory was the achievement of three South Africans finishing in the top 10 on the Asian Tour.

Peter Karmis finished fourth, Jbe’ Kruger in a share of fifth and Tjaart van der Walt in a tie for 10th in the $300,000 Queen’s Cup at Santiburi Samui Country Club on the island of Koh Samui in Singapore.

The event was won by two strokes by Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol with a 72-hole total of 11-under-par 273. Karmis was seven strokes back, and Kruger, who led at halfway, finished on three-under. Van der Walt closed at one-under.

It was a consistent performance by Karmis, who had his maiden Asian Tour victory last year to go with his two Sunshine Tour wins, as he carded four consecutive rounds of one-under-par 70.

Kruger started with rounds of 67 and 68 to hit the front, but was unable to close the deal as he finished with a pair of 73s. Van der Walt went 72-74-68-69.

Karmis moved into the top 50 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, his earnings of $25,926.33 taking him to 46th spot.

Kruger is still comfortably ensconced in fourth place with $144,449.02, and Van der Walt is in 73rd spot with $11,880.00.

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