Incheon, Korea: Park Sang-hyun shot a stunning closing eight-under-par 63 to claim a wire-to-wire victory at the KR₩1.2 billion (about US$1 million) 34th Shinhan Donghae Open.
The 35-year-old Korean won his second Asian Tour title by a five-shot margin at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club.
Park started the final round with a one-shot lead, but pulled away from the field thanks to six birdies on his front nine. With a five-shot lead at the turn, Park continued to dictate proceedings, adding two further birdies en route to a 72-hole total of 22-under-par 262 – a new tournament record for the lowest winning score. Kang Ji-man and Gaganjeet Bhullar, champions in 2006 and 2016 respectively, jointly held the previous record of 269.
Park also beat the record for lowest winning to-par score of 19-under, set by Kang.
Park said: “I’m happy and satisfied. On breaking the records, it seems that I can do these kinds of impossible things.
“I remember all eight birdies. If I have to pick one, I will choose the seventh (where he holed a bunker shot). That changed the atmosphere of the game.
“I want to go into the WGC-HSBC Champions and CIMB Classic to improve my ranking. Even the CJ Cup as well. Those are my goals. After winning today, these tournaments are well within my reach. I’m also looking at winning the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings.”
Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent posted his eighth top-10 finish on the Asian Tour this season after a carding a 66 to take second place.
Nick Voke, playing on a sponsor’s invitation, traded eight birdies against two bogeys for a 65 to finish in third place.