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Golf: Kyong-jun over the moon at OneAsia’s Maekyung Open

Moon Kyong-jun won his first pro title at the Maekyung Open despite a closing triple bogey. Photo: OneAsia.

Moon Kyong-jun won his first pro title at the Maekyung Open despite a closing triple bogey. Photo: OneAsia.

May 17, 2015: Moon Kyong-jun won his first pro title despite a thrilling, error-strewn finish at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in South Korea.

 

Holding a four-shot lead over playing partner Gareth Paddison from New Zealand on the final hole, Moon stumbled home with a triple-bogey seven but still won by two shots. The Korean signed for a one-over-par 73 at Namseoul Country Club to finish the OneAsia event on four-under-par 284.

 

Paddison, who bogeyed the last three holes, closed with a 74 to finish joint second with compatriot Ryan Fox (72), Australian Jason Norris (77) and Korean Kim Do-hoon (68), who birdied five holes on the trot from the 12th, but also bogeyed the problematic 18th.

 

Moon, 32, had started the day two behind leader Norris, who was bidding to become the first foreigner to win the title in a decade. American Mark Calcavecchia, winner of the British Open in 1989, was the last non-Korean to take the title back in 2004

 

The pair were level with seven to play but the turning point came when Moon birdied 13 and 14 while Norris made double on 14. The Korean was in complete control and coasting until he kept the crowd on the edge of their seats on the last.

 

Moon posted his best pro finish last year when he finished second in the Korean PGA Championship, but that is a distant memory now after winning one of Korea’s most prestigious golf tournaments.

 

“Unbelievable!” said Moon, who won US$180,995. “I have waited a long time for this. I really don’t know what happened at the last. My worst hole all week, but thankfully I had a good lead.”

 

Having been a picture of consistency all week, calm, focused and displaying a technically complete swing, Moon only the blotted his copy book on the 72nd hole where he eventually found the green in four shots and then three putted. “I hope to go on now and build on this victory,” he said.

 

Moon added his name to the GS Caltex Maekyung Open trophy joining an elite group of his country’s most distinguished golfers including veterans Choi Sang-ho, Kim Jong-duck, Park Nam-sin, and Kang Wook-soon plus rising stars Bae Sang-moon and Kim Bio.

 

Norris, 42, said: “It is disappointing. I had a great chance, but there is such a fine line. It has been a great, though.”

 

Defending champion Park Jun-won from Korea closed with a 76 to finish in a tie for eighth. Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant, the winner of a record 18 titles on the Asian Tour and a OneAsia champion, eagled the par-five 16th before posting a 70 to claim equal 13th place.

 

OneAsia stays in Korea next week for the SK Telecom Open at Sky 72 Ocean Course, which will be held from May 21-24. Eight-time PGA Tour winner KJ Choi Kyung-ju will be bidding for a fourth victory in the event following successes in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

 

GS Caltex Maekyung Open (OneAsia), Namseoul Country Club, South Korea

284 – Kyongjun MOON (KOR) 71-66-74-73.

286 – Dohoon KIM (KOR) 76-67-75-68, Ryan FOX (NZL) 73-73-68-72, Jason NORRIS (AUS) 68-69-72-77, Gareth PADDISON (NZL) 69-73-70-74.

287 – Taehee LEE (KOR) 71-72-72-72.

288 – Taehoon KIM (KOR) 71-73-73-71.

289 – Sunghoon KANG (KOR) 72-74-73-70, Steve JEFFRESS (AUS) 70-74-74-71, Woochan KIM (KOR) 70-74-73-72, Jeonghyup HYUN (KOR) 73-73-71-72, Junwon PARK (KOR) 69-75-69-76.

290 – Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 72-71-77-70, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 74-74-72-70, Soomin LEE (KOR) 74-73-72-71, Sanghyun PARK (KOR) 73-72-73-72.

291 – Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 73-76-71-71, Hosung CHOI (KOR) 74-72-77-68, Jaekyeoung LEE (am, KOR) 73-70-74-74.

292 – Jaehyun AN (NZL) 71-71-79-71, Jinho CHOI (KOR) 72-70-73-77, Youngwoong KIM (am, KOR) 67-74-75-76.

293 – Hyungjoon LEE (KOR) 79-68-75-71, Daesub KIM (KOR) 72-73-75-73, Ryan DILLON (USA) 75-71-73-74.

294 – Giwhan KIM (KOR) 68-79-74-73, Sangho CHOI (KOR) 72-74-77-71, Bio KIM (KOR) 72-73-73-76, Jinjae BYUN (KOR) 72-72-74-76.

295 – Sungjae IM (am, KOR) 70-74-77-74, Soonsang HONG (KOR) 71-77-73-74, Heungchol JOO (KOR) 73-71-76-75, Changwoo LEE (KOR) 75-74-71-75, Jun Seok LEE (AUS) 74-74-76-71.

296 – Eunho YOUM (am, KOR) 73-72-77-74, Jongyul SUK (KOR) 77-70-73-76, Yoonho BAE (KOR) 72-74-74-76, Harry BATEMAN (NZL) 70-78-70-78.

297 – Matthew GILES (AUS) 72-74-77-74, Jiman KANG (KOR) 72-74-77-74, Martin KIM (ARG) 71-71-77-78, Dohoon 753 KIM (KOR) 71-73-73-80, Inchoon HWANG (KOR) 74-72-81-70.

298 – David McKENZIE (AUS) 73-74-75-76, Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 73-72-77-76, Paul SPARGO (AUS) 74-74-75-75, Hamza AMIN (PAK) 75-71-72-80.

299 – Junsung KIM (KOR) 74-72-74-79, Baejong PARK (KOR) 75-71-74-79, Inhoi HUR (KOR) 75-73-76-75.

300 – Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 74-75-75-76, Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 72-74-78-76, Michael LONG (NZL) 77-72-79-72.

301 – Myunghoon AHN (KOR) 71-73-77-80, Adam STEPHENS (AUS) 74-75-76-76.

302 – Jeongwoo HAM (am, KOR) 74-75-74-79, Nick GILLESPIE (NZL) 76-69-78-79.

303 – Jaeho KIM (KOR) 75-74-74-80, Yeongsu KIM (KOR) 71-77-78-77, Kisang LEE (KOR) 72-76-79-76.

304 – Kookhyan KIM (KOR) 77-68-78-81, Hyungseok SEO (KOR) 72-74-81-77, Inho KIM (KOR) 77-72-80-75.

305 – Junsub PARK (KOR) 75-70-79-81, Taekyu LEE (KOR) 75-73-80-77.

306 – Jason KANG (USA) 74-71-79-82, Insung KO (KOR) 75-74-79-78, Supravee PHATAM (THA) 75-73-80-78, Jinyeo KONG (KOR) 75-74-82-75, Howook SONG (KOR) 76-72-85-73.

307 – Kristopher MUECK (AUS) 75-74-77-81, Doeun AN (AUS) 73-72-88-74.

308 – Byungmin CHO (KOR) 75-73-83-77.

309 – Chanyoung PARK (am, KOR) 78-70-78-83.

313 – Jingyu CHOI (KOR) 73-75-78-87.

 

Source: OneAsia (www.oneasia.asia); Editing by SportAsia

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