Jakarta, Indonesia: Miguel Carballo secured his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after prevailing in an epic play-off that stretched over seven holes at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic.
The 39-year-old Argentinean, playing his first year in Asia after coming through January’s Qualifying School, overturned a six-shot deficit by carding eight birdies in a closing, bogey-free eight-under-par 64 at Damai Indah Golf’s BSD Course.
Young guns Amir Nazrin of Malaysia and Thai Poom Pattaropong fired rounds of 65 and 68 respectively to force the sudden-death play-off with Carballo after the trio tied on 16-under-par 272 in regulation play at the US$110,000 event.
The play-off was held on the par-five 18th hole where 21-year-old Amir was eliminated on the first extra hole after he hit a wayward tee shot into the water hazard which resulted in a par while Carballo and Poom birdied.
The remaining duo then went head to head in what was the longest play-off on the ADT since the circuit was inaugurated in 2010. The lengthy play-off matched the record which was set on the Asian Tour in 2001.
The pair settled for par on the second extra hole and birdied their next three attempts before officials decided to change the format of play where the duo hit from 150 metres starting from the sixth play-off hole.
Both Carballo and Poom found the cup in three shots and were forced to return to where they hit from 150 metres for the record seventh play-off hole where Carballo eventually triumphed after tapping in his third shot while Poom missed his 10-footer.
Carballo, who missed only one green in regulation in his closing 64, became the first Argentinean to win on the ADT following his breakthrough victory. He claimed a cheque for US$19,250 and received six Official World Golf Ranking points.
“I am very happy. I came close a lot of times this year and I am glad I finally did it. I guess the experiences from the last few near-misses have helped,” said Carballo, who posted top-five finishes on the Asian Tour in China and India this season.
“To be honest, I was very nervous, especially on the first few play-off holes. But I managed to stay composed after that. I wasn’t feeling tired. I was just getting a massive adrenalin rush which kept me going. Poom and Amir played really well too,” he added
The victory has propelled him to the top of the Order of Merit with a haul of US$36,011, courtesy of one victory and six top-10 finishes.
Poom, playing in his first year as a professional, took pride in his runner-up finish, which marked his best result on the ADT this season. He closed with three straight birdies to force his way into the play-off.
“I learned a lot this week, especially from Miguel (Carballo). I didn’t expect this outcome to be honest. My previous best result on the ADT was a tied-13th place finish so I am really happy with the way I played,” said the 23-year-old Thai, who graduated from the James Madison University in Virginia last December.
Amir will also take positives from this week. “It feels good to get my game back on track. This is my best result on the ADT. My course management and mental game are better, compared to the last few weeks. I hope to continue this good momentum,” said the Malaysian.
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