Philippines Award Goes to Oscar

Oscar Zetterwall triumphed at Sherwood Hills.
Oscar Zetterwall triumphed at Sherwood Hills.

Cavite, Philippines: Oscar Zetterwall became the first Swede to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) after firing a second consecutive four-under-par 68 to seal a three-shot victory at the US$60,000 ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic.

The 27-year-old Zetterwall, playing in his first season on the ADT, snared five birdies against a lone bogey to earn his breakthrough win with a nine-under-par 279 total at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club.

His playing partner Toru Nakajima of Japan took second place following a 71 while overnight leader Kasidit Lepkurte, the only Thai to make the half-way cut, posted a 76 to settle for third place on 283 with South African Mathiam Keyser (68) and American John Catlin (70).

Bangkok-based Zetterwall took home the winner’s prize of US$10,500 and earned six Official World Golf Ranking points courtesy of his victory, which marked his second professional win and first in Asia since joining the play-for-pay ranks in 2012.

“I hit my driver solid and I kept the ball in play. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdies. This win means a lot to me. It makes me want to keep playing. I know it will also give me better chances and confidence to advance my career.”

Trailing by four shots heading into the final round, Zetterwall nailed two birdies in his opening four holes before dropping a shot on fifth. He added further birdies on eight, 12 and 15 to seal the deal.

“I was a little nervous when I knew I was in the lead. There were a lot of players chasing me but I stayed calm and I am glad that pull me through,” added the Swede.

The ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic was the 11th leg of the 2016 ADT schedule and the Tour’s second stop in the Philippines this season.

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