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Kang secures narrow success in Malaysia

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  • American Anthony Kang secures the biggest triumph of his career in Malaysia
  • A final hole birdie gives 36-year-old victory by one-stroke from a group of five
  • Anthony Kim, the highest-ranked player in the field, finishes in a tie for 33rd
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(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.

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.

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