Curtain Falls on Inaugural Danang Golf Festival

Chen Guxin (centre) is presented with his trophy by Madame Nguyen Thi Nga, Founder and Chairman of the BRG Group.

Danang, Vietnam: Chen Guxin brought the curtain down on the inaugural week-long Danang Golf Festival by securing his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) win of the season.

China’s Chen emerged triumphant on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off over Lloyd Jefferson Go of the Philippines at the US$75,000 BRG Open Golf Championship.

Held over the Nicklaus Course at BRG Da Nang Golf Resort, Vietnam’s first ADT event concluded a week that also featured the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) Danang Conference, co-organised by the BRG Group and Danang Tourism.

This was the first year of a three-year arrangement to host the Danang Golf Festival, aimed at highlighting the Central Vietnam Coast city as one of the world’s great golf tourism destinations.

The star of the 54-hole tournament was the course, presented in immaculate condition.

Go, who battled well to get into contention with a closing two-under-par 70, was unable to capitalise when his second shot on the first extra hole – the par-five 18th – a drifted right into a water hazard, forcing him to take a drop and effectively conceding control of the match to Chen.

Both players found the fairway off the tee box at 18. After watching Go push his second, Chen layed-up short of the green with and pitched to within three feet to set up the chance for birdie and the win on Vietnam’s National Day.

Go, who has four top-10 finishes on the ADT this year, chipped to four feet from the apron and allowed Chen to putt out. Although he missed the birdie, Chen duly secured the par he needed to collect first prize.

Chen, who won in Phuket at the Blue Canyon Classic in May, opened with an early birdie but lost his way around the turn, posting four bogeys in five holes. He said after his round that he was getting nervous and starting to worry about the finish. But his luck turned and he was able to post three birdies in his last four holes to get back into contention.

Matt Killen of England, who started the day in fifth place, carded 70 to secure solo third, ahead of Oscar Zetterwall who struggled for most his round, dropping five shots before he was able to get back on track in the closing holes, posting a score of 75 which was enough for fourth place.

Australian Jack Murdoch posted his first sub-par round of the tournament with a 70 to lead a group in sixth place with a score of 214, together with Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan and William Harrold of England.

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