Monday June 25, 2012
In-woo staves off Thaworn to end seven-year title drought
SEOUL: South Korea’s Lee In-woo fended off a challenge from 13-time Asian Tour winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand by closing with a four-under 68 to win the first Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series yesterday.
In-woo posted a winning total of 12-under 276, putting on hold Thaworn’s quest for a 14th title after he signed for a 69 to take a share of second place with Lee Sang-hee at the event jointly sanctioned with the Korean Golf Tour.
In-woo, among six players tied for the overnight lead, knew that he had to be on top of his game given the quality of his closest rivals and the 40-year-old put in a flawless round with four birdies to end a seven-year winning drought.
“When I took a share of the third round lead yesterday, I told myself that this was my chance of winning again and I cannot waste it,” he said.
“My only victory came in 2005 on the Korean Golf Tour and I badly wanted to win again. What made this victory even sweeter was that I managed to win against a strong field that included players from the Asian Tour.”
Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul signed for a 69 to take fourth place while Spanish rookie Javi Colomo took fifth place alongside South Korea’s Byun Jin-jae at the Hildesheim Country Club. — AFP