JAKARTA, March 30 - Japan’s Michio Matsumura birdied the last three holes to snatch victory by a shot on Sunday in a rain-interrupted final round of the U.S. $1 million Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, presented by Indonesia Port Corporation.
The 31-year-old had rounds of 65, 67, 67 and 68 to finish 21 under par around Damai Indah Golf’s 6,545-metre (7,160-yard) Bumi Serpong Damai course to claim the $180,000 first prize at a tournament co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Tour.
Australian Rhein Gibson (62) and Filipino Juvic Pagunsan (69) shared second place, while China’s Wu Ashun (69) was alone in fourth.
Matsumura trailed overnight leader Park Sang-hyun by a shot going into the final round and looked to have blown his chance after starting with a bogey and then doubling the sixth. But six birdies on a blistering back nine -- none better than on the 17th when he drained a 24-footer -- saw him home.
A three-time winner previously on the Japan Tour, Matsumura said he was delighted to win abroad for the first time.
“It has been my dream since I became a professional to win a tournament outside Japan,” he said. “It is a great honour to win this title at such a beautiful course.”
Gibson had set the pace much earlier in day with a scorching 62 that equalled the course record set by Gaganjeet Bhullar in 2007.
The 28-year-old, a graduate of OneAsia Q-School in 2013, is the official world record holder of the lowest ever score by a professional -- a 17-under-par 55 he managed at River Oaks Golf Club in his adopted home of Oklahoma -- but Sunday’s round was a career best in a sanctioned tournament.
Gibson, who finished fourth at OneAsia’s Emirates Australian Open last year to earn one of three slots available to Britain’s 2014 Open Championship, had an eagle, ten birdies and two bogeys in an astonishing round that was interrupted when he was on the 17th for nearly three hours by a sudden thunderstorm.
“I had some good yardages and just hit it to within a couple of feet,” he said. “I had some really cheap birdies and that’s what really got me going.”
JAKARTA, March 29 - Korean Park Sang-hyun battled the heat and fatigue for a gritty five-under-par 67 on Saturday to grab a one stroke lead over Japan’s Michio Matsumura and Filipino Juvic Pagunsan at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, presented by Indonesia Port Corporation.
Park, the joint overnight leader, is 18 under par around Damai Indah Golf’s 6,545-metre (7,160-yard) Bumi Serpong Damai course in pursuit of his first OneAsia title, having finished runner-up twice in 2012 and third in 2011.
A two-time winner on Korea’s domestic tour, Park led by three at one point, but bogeys at 14 and 15 gave the rest of the field something to chase.
“I was really tired out there,” said the 30-year-old, who celebrated his son’s first birthday on Friday. “I’m happy with my game, but I need to do something to preserve my condition on the course. It was very hot and tiring.”
JAKARTA, March 28 - Korean Park Sang-hyun, Filipino Juvic Pagunsan (right) and Japan’s Ryuko Tokimatsu shot matching eight-under-par 64s on Friday to share the lead after two rounds of the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, presented by Indonesia Port Corporation.
After opening with 67s, the trio are now 13-under around Damai Indah Golf’s 6,545-metre (7,160-yard) Bumi Serpong Damai course in pursuit of their first OneAsia or Japan Tour title as the U.S. $1 million tournament is co-sanctioned by both.
Japan’s Michio Matsumura (67) is a shot behind, while Ouyang Zheng eagled the last to grab sole fifth place at 11 under with a 67. Aussie Rhein Gibson (75) -- holder of the world record low score by a professional -- was at 10 under with Chinese teenager Li Haotong.
Park, who celebrated his son’s first birthday on Friday, was delighted with his effort despite feeling his driving was not up to scratch.
JAKARTA, March 27 - New Zealander Gareth Paddison bagged two eagles on his way to a brilliant eight-under-par 64 on Thursday to grab the lead after the opening round of the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, presented by Indonesia Port Corporation.
The left hander could have gone even lower if not for a bogey on his last hole -- the ninth -- but holds a one-stroke lead over Australian David McKenzie and the Japanese pair of Kunihiro Kamii and Michio Matsumura.
The U.S. $1 million tournament at at Damai Indah Golf’s Jack Nicklaus-designed Bumi Serpong Damai course is the season opener for both OneAsia and the Japan Tour, with the winner grabbing a $180,000 share of the purse.
Paddison has already shown some form this year having won on the PGA Tour of Australasia, but he was nevertheless surprised with his first-round effort.
“It was a bit out of left field, actually. I didn’t expect that of myself,” the 33-year-old said. ”I putted exceptionally well -- played really steady really -- and all of a sudden you’re standing on the last hole at nine under. It was a pity about that last one.”