Beau Champ, Mauritius: Wang Jeung-hun continued his rich vein of form by claiming his maiden Asian Tour title at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, a week after securing his breakthrough victory in Europe.
The 20-year-old Korean took advantage of overnight leader Siddikur Rahman’s late collapse by sinking a birdie putt on the final green to close with an even-par 72 and win by one shot on six-under 282 at the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita.
Bangladeshi Siddikur, who led by one stroke at the start of the day, looked in control until a double-bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17 saw him sign for a 74 and drop to second place at the €1 million (about US$1.09 million) event.
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Argentine Estanislao Goya shared third place on 288 following respective rounds of 75 and 71 in the first tri-sanctioned event by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tours.
Wang was overwhelmed with joy. “I can’t believe that I’ve won two weeks in a row. I’m so excited right now and really happy. I probably had luck on my side today. I wasn’t even thinking about winning until the 16th. I missed a lot of putts so I thought I didn’t have any chance,” he said.
Wang took home the winner’s prize of US$189,841 which moved him up to second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“I hit my second shot into the 18th well, but it just went off the green. I was just trying to make par, but I hit the bunker shot close and gave myself an easy putt for a birdie. It was fantastic. I would love to make the Olympics. It’s crazy because I wasn’t even thinking about it until last weekend. It would be an honour to represent my country in Rio but I will have to continue playing well to qualify,” Wang added.
Siddikur was disappointed with his late wobble but took consolation in posting his best result this season to keep alive his hopes of a berth in August’s Olympic Games.
“It was good until the 16th. Unfortunately I don’t know what happened. I went out of bounds with the first shot. I gave my best. It’s part of the game. I was trying to hole that chip on the last for eagle. It was a good chip but the putt for birdie wasn’t good. It just wasn’t my day,” said the 31-year-old.
“It’s still a good experience for me. I didn’t expect to play well this week. This is a good boost for my world ranking. Hopefully I can get back in the running for the Olympics,” added Siddikur.