Jakarta, Indonesia: Masaru Takahashi fired a stunning closing eight-under-par 64 to end a four-year wait for his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic.
The 30-year-old Japanese, who started the round six shots back, fired one eagle and four birdies to cap a brilliant front nine 30 before going on to sink four birdies against two bogeys on the back nine. That gave him a 19-under 269 total and a one-shot victory at Damai Indah Golf’s BSD Course.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore, who held a three-shot advantage heading into the last round, came home strongly with two birdies in his last three holes but fell one shot shy of forcing a play-off after a 35-foot birdie putt lipped out on the final hole.
The 49-year-old Singaporean, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour, signed off with a battling 71 to settle for second place on his own at the US$100,000 event, the 10th leg of the ADT schedule and the Tour’s first stop in Indonesia this season.
American Casey O’Toole, 2015 ADT Order of Merit champion, carded a 68 to finish two shots back in third place with Thai Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (69) while Danny Masrin closed with a second straight 68 to emerge as the best-placed Indonesian in tied-19th position on 277.
“I played solid. Everything went well for me. I started really well. I had a chip-in for eagle from about 10 yards on the eighth hole. That gave me a lot of confidence heading into my back nine. I am really happy with this win. It has been a long time,” said Takahashi.
“I was quite nervous actually, waiting in the clubhouse for Mardan (Mamat) to finish. I was prepared for a play-off after he birdied 16 and 17. He put up a good fight,” Takahashi added.
Takahashi took home the winner’s prize of US$19,250 and received six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties also earned points based on a sliding scale.
Takahashi, who has not finished outside the top-10 in five starts on the ADT this season, also took over top spot on the Order of Merit.
He leads the money list with a haul of US$36,410. Thai Pannakorn Uthaipas trails by about US$2,000 in second place.
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