Jakarta, May 5: The Indonesia PGA Championship will showcase the leading players from OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) when it returns to the award-winning Damai Indah Golf – Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) this year.
The tournament, which was inaugurated with great success in 2011, will be jointly sanctioned by OneAsia and the JGTO for the third successive year and form part of an exciting swing on both circuits.
Damai Indah Golf – BSD Course, which boasts the first Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Indonesia, will host the tournament from July 30 to August 2.
Japan’s Michio Matsumura birdied the last three holes to win the Indonesia PGA Championship last March. The 31-year-old posted rounds of 65, 67, 67 and 68 to finish 21-under-par and claim the US$180,000 first prize.
“This will be the fourth staging of the Indonesia PGA Championship under the OneAsia banner and we have seen it grow in stature during that time,” said Johannes Dermawan, Chairman of the PGA Tour of Indonesia.
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.
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.