Jakarta, Indonesia: Panuphol Pittayarat completed a total of 25 holes today en route to claiming a commanding five-shot victory at the weather-hit US$300,000 Indonesia Open.
The 24-year-old Thai returned in the morning to finish the remaining seven holes from his third round, signing for a five-under-par 67 to lead by three shots heading into the final round.
Panuphol traded three birdies against a bogey for an outward 34, grabbing a one-shot edge over a fast-charging countryman Tirawat Kaewsiribandit, who closed in with four birdies, at the turn.
Panuphol, however, pulled clear with three straight birdies from the 10th hole before adding two more birdies in his closing five holes for a final round 65 and a winning total of 23-under-par 265 at the Pondok Indah Golf Course. It was his maiden Asian Tour title.
He said: “It has been six years since my last win. Even though I played 25 holes today, it was a good day because I felt very comfortable playing with two Thai players.
“It was a bad decision I made on hole four where I ended up with a bogey, but that was the only hole that I did not do too well on. I just stayed in the present and did not think about what was going to happen.
“I came out this week with a new mentality to just enjoy golf and stick to my routine regardless of the result. Coming down the 18th hole, I totally did not know what I was shooting. I just took it one shot at a time. During the suspension, I got a bit of a rest and after that, I just went out to play.
“I tried to play every hole the same way and not think about the result and it works! I will keep that mentality going into the next couple of tournaments.”
Tirawat returned a second straight 67 to settle for second place while Jazz Janewattananond and Namchok Tantipokhakul, also of Thailand, shared third place on 273 following respective rounds of 67 and 69.
Rory Hie soared with two eagles and one birdie in his closing five holes to emerge as the highest-placed Indonesian in 12th place on 277.
The penultimate round of the Indonesia Open was affected by a lengthy rain delay on Saturday. A total of 57 players returned on Sunday morning to complete their third rounds with the final round being played concurrently. There was no redraw for the players’ groups for the final round.
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