SEA Games: Ryan Malixi wins bronze in women’s golf in the Philippines

The Philippine women's golf team has won a bronze medal in the 31st SEA Games women's team competition.  Investigative golf photos

The Philippine women’s golf team has won a bronze medal in the 31st SEA Games women’s team competition. Investigative golf photos

At the Heron Lake Golf Course, young Ryan Malexi defeated Singapore’s Suan Loh at the 31st Southeast Asian Games and delivered a gorgeous chip-in birdie in the fourth play-off hole to hand the country a bronze medal. Vin Fuke of Vietnam on Wednesday.

Malixi’s heroism comes when he pardons a five-foot downhill birdie putt at No. 1, the third play-off hole, the iron, whose own chip hit the cup but the lip was out, and Tim gives another crack at the Singapore hot-controversial medal.

Both players overshot in Par-5 No. 9, where they were tied twice in the playoffs, but ICTSI-backed Maliksi hit a perfect chip shot, landing the ball before the green and then rolling from left to right before landing in the cup.

Silently, Iron also hits a hard chip-shot, the ball goes straight into the hole but turns to the left, sending Mixie and the Philippines to rejoice and knocking the Singapore girl to tears.

The chip saved the week for Filipino golfers, who could not finish more than fourth in the women’s individual event courtesy of Lois Kaye Go, jointly ranked ninth by Malixie eighth and joint ninth behind ICTSI teammate Maffee Singson and 15th in the men’s team by Jade Dye.

The men’s team, which included Jet Hernandez, Gabe Manotok and Christopher Arevalo, lost 0-3 to Indonesia in the men’s quarter-finals.

Earlier, Melixi individual silver medalist Alosa Mabutas, 3rd and 2nd, was forced into the playoffs for bronze, after giving Iron 4 and 3.

Maxi took the first two holes against Mabutas, the latter surrendered but always maintained their dominance throughout the tough duality, going 15-for-2 again.

A tough T-shot in par-3 16 created another birdie opportunity from six feet and delivered a rising Filipino star, leaving with a downhill put to clip the win.

He pumps his fists then gives Mabutas, whose parents are Filipino immigrants, a traditional hug before celebrating with his party.

It was a big blow for Maliksi, who was knocked out 2 and 1 by Thai gold medalist Nathakratata Bhantavilap in the semi-finals of the team for form in the individual competition but confidently came out on top in the bronze medal match against Mabutas.

In contrast, Go fought against Iron during the match. The member of the bronze medalist team in Tarlac’s 2019 SEAG could not recover even after dropping another hole in the sixth, after falling behind at No. 3. He took No. 8 but got 10th and dropped three holes straight from No. 13

Malaysia, meanwhile, has made its claim as the new powerhouse for men’s amateur golf in the region, with Pangsapak Laopke on the 18th and Rasriknesh Kanavathi on the 18th for a 1-up win to break the Thai team with 2 wins and 1 win in the chip-in . Team Gold won 2-1.

Ervin Chang Weiravish held the hellhole, 2 and 1, when he imagined Marcus Lim, 1-up, before Rachanon Chantananuwat split the first two matches, similarly defending Chang’s gold medal sweep with the brilliance of Kanavathi’s end-hole.

Indonesia beat Singapore 2 and 1 to claim the men’s bronze team medal.

The Thai women’s squad, however, won the gold medal by running with the Bhantavilap personal honor and then teamed up with Aila Galitsky in their 1.5-0.5 win over Malaysia in the gold medal match.

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