(CNN) -- Anthony Kang secured the biggest win of his career after rolling home a short birdie putt on the final hole to claim a one-stroke victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Kang celebrates after his birdie on the final hole gave him victory in the Malaysian Open.
The 36-year-old began the final round two shots behind overnight leader Adam Blyth of Australia but his closing five-under-par 67 at Saujana Golf and Country Club's Palm Course saw him emerge from a tightly-bunched field to win the event, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.
The American, who finished with a 17-under-par 271 total, told PA Sport: "I've been playing in Malaysia since 1996 or 1997, so to finally win this event, I'm speechless. This feels like where I started to play golf so to win this tournament is just beyond beautiful."
With his late birdie, Kang avoided a possible five-way play-off with the English duo of David Horsey (64) and Miles Tunnicliff (68), Jyoti Randhawa of India (66) and Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng (68), who finished tied for second on 16- under.
Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin had nine birdies but bogeyed his final hole for a six-under 66 as he finished alone in sixth place on 15-under.
American Anthony Kim, the highest-ranked player in the field, finished in a tie for 33rd on seven-under after closing with a five-under-par 67.