Lin Leaves Rivals Trailing in His Wake

Lin Wen-tang claimed victory on home soil.
Lin Wen-tang claimed victory on home soil.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Lin Wen-tang fired a closing four-under-par 68 to cruise to a six-shot victory in the US$110,000 Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship.

Lin, who also won the event in 2010, shot five birdies against one bogey for a winning total of 21-under 267 in the 11th leg of this year’s Asian Development Tour (ADT) season.

ADT Order of Merit leader Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei matched Lin’s 68 to share second place with Nils Floren of Sweden at the Ta Kang Shan Golf Course.

Local talent Hung Chien-yao settled for fourth place after registering a 66 while American Brett Munson, Filipino Carl Santos-Ocampo, England’s Grant Jackson and Niall Turner of Ireland shared fifth spot.

Lin’s overnight six-shot lead was never threatened and he could even afford the luxury of a last-hole bogey. “I was very confident of winning after securing a six-shot lead heading into the last round. I stayed calm and played consistently,” said the 41-year-old.

Lin is one of the most successful players from Chinese Taipei, having won six Asian Tour titles and two ADT events. He claimed the first prize of US$20,000 and six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

“I love the competitiveness out here. I guess that’s what drives me to do well. This is my second victory this year. I’m very happy to still be able to win at 41 years old. I think I can still be competitive for a while more,” Lin said.

Despite missing out on a fifth ADT victory, Chan was delighted to extend his lead atop the Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$66,991.

“I can’t complain. I’m happy to see Lin winning the tournament and keeping the trophy at home. My woods and irons were not so good this week. I’ll have to fine-tune my game a little over the next few weeks,” said Chan, who set an ADT record with his fourth title on home soil last week.

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