Sudden-Death Success for Hsieh

Hsieh Chi-hsien  savours his success.
Hsieh Chi-hsien savours his success.

Miaoli, Taiwan: Hsieh Chi-hsien stood firm to claim victory in the US$150,000 Charming Yeangder ADT. The Taiwanese triumphed at the fourth extra hole in a four-way play-off.

Hsieh closed with a fourth consecutive 70 and was forced into extra time with compatriot and overnight leader Lin Chien-bing, Australian Jake Stirling and American Greg Moss. The quartet ended tied on eight-under-par 280 at the National Garden Golf and Country Club.

All four players made par at the first extra hole before Stirling bowed out at the second extra hole following a bogey. Lin then conceded defeat at the third extra hole after making par while Hsieh and Moss birdied.

At the fourth extra hole, Moss found trouble off the tee after his ball landed in the bushes. The American received a one-stroke penalty because it was deemed unplayable and reacted in disappointment again when his subsequent shot landed in the bunker. Hsieh’s second shot, meanwhile, landed safely on the green about six feet from the hole.

After escaping from the bunker, Moss picked up his ball and conceded.

“I kind of relaxed a bit when I realised Moss had a one-shot penalty. I actually didn’t hit the driver well on the first play-off hole. I was a bit nervous because this is my first time in a play-off. I kept to my own tempo from there,” said Hsieh, who won his first Asian Development Tour title on the same golf course three years ago.

“This win seems to be much tougher compared to the first. I haven’t been playing well for the last two years and I totally didn’t see this coming. My game hasn’t been good for a long while but I believed in myself and I knew I can still do well. I took four months off just to focus on practicing last year and I’m happy it has all paid off,” added the 24-year-old.

Hsieh took home the winner’s prize purse of US$26,250 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

Despite missing out on his breakthrough win, Moss soaked in the positives as he capped his best finish on the ADT.

“It’s still an amazing week for me. I’ve received a lot of support from friends and family and it has been great. It’s crazy that I actually got into the play-off and had a chance to win. It shows that I can compete against the guys here. I’ve drawn a lot of positives,” said the 28-year-old American, who opened his campaign with a sizzling 62.

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