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Local golfer James Leow finishes as Singapore Open's top amateur

James Leow's five-under-par third was the Singaporean's best round of the tournament. Khalid Redza/Lagardère Sports

Singapore's James Leow is staying grounded despite finishing as the best amateur golfer at the SMBC Singapore Open this week.

His 41st finish at one over par was a new best for Leow and was also the best score among local golfers at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Leow's fantastic five-under-par third round fueled his run, but a five-over-par fourth -- the worst round of his tournament -- kept the second-year Arizona State University student from a much higher finish.

"I was hoping to finish in the red numbers (under-par score), and inside the top 10 or 20, but I have to give myself some credit for finishing well yesterday, making birdies and pars when I needed to," Leow told ESPN.

Making a second successive cut after a solid display in the Hong Kong Open last has given Leow belief that he can mix it up with the best professionals in the Asian Tour.

"Last year's performances, plus competing against the pros, they show that I have the game to play out here," said the 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist.

"It remains a work in progress but I have what it takes to come out here and play alongside the pros. It was good to playing and learning alongside the pros."

Despite the progress the 319th-ranked amateur has made in recent events, Leow insists it is too early for him to play in more professional matches at this time.

"I still have two-and-a-half years remaining in college, so unless I get invites to professional events, I am unlikely to feature as much," he said.