Serapong Success for Rising Korean Star

Jordan Spieth congratulates Song of Young-han on his victory at Sentosa. Picture by Khalid Redza Lagardere Sports
Jordan Spieth congratulates Song Young-han on his victory at Sentosa. Picture by Khalid Redza Lagardere Sports

Singapore: Korean Song Young-han survived a ‘crazy’ sleepless night by fending off the spirited challenge of world number one Jordan Spieth to win the US$1 million SMBC Singapore Open by one shot.
Inclement weather had caused multiple delays during the week, forcing the Singapore showpiece into a Monday finish at the Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course, a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Song was left to ponder about his crucial par save on 16 overnight as his charge towards the prestigious title was halted there when the sirens blew to signal the suspension of play on Sunday afternoon.
“That one night felt like a week! It was crazy. I couldn’t sleep and I was constantly thinking about putting throughout the night,” said Song.
The Korean bravely holed his putt when play resumed at 7.30 am before going on to close his finishing two holes with pars and sign off with a one-under-par 70.
Song’s total of 12-under 272 was just enough to pip Spieth to the title and avoid a potential play-off with the Texan, who had earlier sunk a tricky birdie putt on 18.
“I read the line well on 16 and just maintained my composure on 17 and 18. I knew the title was for me to lose as long as I don’t make any silly mistakes.
“Looking back, I think the suspension helped as the winds were starting to blow hard yesterday and that might have made a difference,” said Song.
Spieth did not disappoint the early morning crowd when he rolled home his birdie putt on 18 to pile the pressure on Song, who still had two holes left to play.
However, he left it a little too late as it was not enough to get him into a sudden-death shootout with the Korean, who would cling onto his slender advantage.
“I went to the putting green to practice early in the morning as I knew I had to get that birdie to force a play-off.
“It was nerve-racking and I was happy I managed to stroke the ball well and it went in. I made some poor decisions in the middle two rounds as I was trying to do a little too much. But overall, it has been a great experience and I had a really good time here,” said Spieth.
China’s Liang Wen-chong finished in outright third place after a 69 while the Philippines’ Miguel Tabeuna shared fourth place with Japan’s Shintaro Kobayashi on 275.
 

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