Liang wins Singapore Masters in playoff

3/12/2007 - Golf

SINGAPORE -- China's Liang Wenchong won the Singapore
Masters on Sunday, beating Malaysia's Iain Steel on the first
playoff hole for his first title on the European or Asian tours.

Liang shot a 1-over-par 73 while Steel had a 71 to finish
regulation at 11-under 277 in the $1.1 million tournament,
co-sanctioned by both tours.

Liang, who has won pro tournaments in China, parred the first
playoff hole at Laguna National Golf and Country Club. Steel was on
his way to a double bogey after landing in water when he teed off
and did not finish.

"I just didn't execute my shot well off the tee," Steel said
after the best result in his career.

Steel was leading by two strokes at the 16th after Liang's
double bogey on the 15th. The two were tied after Liang birdied the
16th hole while Steel carded a bogey. Liang and Steel parred the
final two holes to force the playoff.

England's Simon Dyson (71) was next at 278. He was followed at
279 by three Englishmen -- Nick Dougherty (71), David Lynn (69) and
Anthony Wall (67) -- and Frenchman Jean Van de Velde (69).