Monday October 1, 2012
Chi-huang wins Taiwan Masters a second time
TAIWAN: Local golfer Tsai Chi-huang won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters for the second time in his career despite shooting a final round of four-over 76 yesterday.
Chi-huang started the day with a six-shot lead, courtesy of a 65 in the third round, and preserved his advantage as he defeated closest rival Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines, who shot a 73, by four shots for a winning total of four-under 284 at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club. Rookie David Lipsky of the United States, who won his first Asian Tour title earlier this year, shot a 67, the best score of the day, to tie with Chan Yih-shin of Taiwan (71) for third place in the US$600,000 Asian Tour event.
Malaysia’s Danny Chia carded a 74 yesterday to end up with a 290 total.
Chi-huang struggled early in the round as he was four-over after 15 holes but gained momentum when he sank a huge 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th.
“Honestly I couldn’t sleep last night. I was wondering if I could make it to the end. I felt like I was still sleeping when I was on the first tee. It was only when I finished 18th holes that I knew my dream had come true,” said Chi-huang, who won US$120,000 for his victory.
“The wind was blowing all over the place and I wasn’t the only one who was struggling. I guess I’m quite lucky to have won it,” added the 44-year-old, who also won the Taiwan Masters in 2002.
Lascuna, who claimed his second runner-up finish in six seasons on the Asian Tour, stayed in touch with the leader for most of the round before three putting for bogey on the last.
“I’m still happy with my result. I haven’t been in this position for a long time,” said the 41-year-old, who is still searching for a first Asian Tour win.