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Golf: Matsumura wins Indonesia PGA title with triple-birdie finish

Michio Matsumura birdied the last three holes to win the US$1 million Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Tour. Photos: OneAsia.

Japan’s Michio Matsumura birdied the last three holes to win the US$1 million Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Tour. Photos: OneAsia.

March 30, 2014: Japan’s Michio Matsumura birdied the last three holes to snatch victory by a shot on Sunday after a rain-interrupted final round of the US$1 million Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, presented by Indonesia Port Corporation.

 

The 31-year-old posted rounds of 65, 67, 67 and 68 to finish 21-under-par at Damai Indah Golf’s 7,160-yard Bumi Serpong Damai course to claim the US$180,000 first prize at a tournament co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Tour.

 

Australian Rhein Gibson (62) and Filipino Juvic Pagunsan (69) shared second place, while China’s Alex Wu Ashun (69) was alone in fourth at 18-under.

 

Matsumura trailed overnight leader Park Sang-hyun by a shot going into the final round and looked to have blown his chance after starting with a bogey and then doubling the sixth. But six birdies on a blistering back nine – none better than on the 17th when he drained a 24-footer – saw him home.

 

A three-time winner previously on the Japan Tour, Matsumura said he was delighted to win abroad for the first time.

 

“It has been my dream since I became a professional to win a tournament outside Japan,” he said. “It is a great honour to win this title at such a beautiful course.”

 

Matsumura on his way to his first OneAsia victory and first Japan Tour victory outside of Japan.

Matsumura on his way to his first OneAsia victory and first Japan Tour victory outside of Japan.

Gibson had set the pace much earlier in day with a scorching 62 that equalled the course record set by Gaganjeet Bhullar in 2007.

 

Gibson, who finished fourth at OneAsia’s Emirates Australian Open last year to earn one of three slots available at this year’s Open Championship, had an eagle, ten birdies and two bogeys in an amazing round that was interrupted by a sudden thunderstorm when he was on the 17th, delaying play for nearly three hours.

 

“I had some good yardages and just hit it to within a couple of feet,” he said. “I had some really cheap birdies and that’s what really got me going.”

 

Pagunsan, a winner here in 2007, bagged bogeys on 10 and 14 to slip out of contention, but birdied three of the last four holes to bounce back. “It just wasn’t going to be the day today,” he said.

 

Maeng Dong-seop was the leading Korean, carding a 65 to finish fifth at 17-under, while Indonesia’s George Gandranata (71) had a share of 37th at nine-under.

 

OneAsia’s next event is the Volvo China Open at Genzon Golf Club from April 24 – 27.

 

Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, Damai Indah Golf BSD course, Indonesia

267 – Michio Matsumura (Japan) 65-67-67-68.

268 – Rhein Gibson (Australia) 69-65-72-62, Juvic Pagunsan (Phillipines) 67-64-68-69.

270 – Wu Ashun (China) 69-68-64-69.

271 – Maeng Dong-seop (Korea) 67-69-70-65.

272 – Kang Sung-hoon (Korea) 67-68-70-67, Hiroshi Iwata (Japan) 70-66-69-67.

273 – Zhang Xin-jun (China) 72-67-68-66, Yoshikazu Haku (Korea) 69-66-71-67, Liang Wen-chong (China) 67-69-70-67, Kim Bi-o (Korea) 68-67-70-68, Song Young-han (Korea) 69-66-67-71.

274 – Kim Seung-hyuk (Korea) 70-68-70-66, Li Hao-tong (China) 67-67-72-68, David Smail (New Zealand) 67-68-71-68, Jang Dong-kyu (Korea) 67-69-69-69.

275 – Yuki Kono (Japan) 70-66-70-69, Kunihiro Kamii (Japan) 65-70-70-70, Masahiro Kawamura (Japan) 72-68-64-71, Toshinori Muto (Japan) 71-68-64-72, Park Sang-hyun (Korea) 67-64-67-77.

276 – Park Il-hwan (Korea) 69-67-71-69, Matthew Griffin (Australia) 68-69-73-66, Lee Jun-seok (Australia) 73-68-69-66.

277 – Nathan Holman (Australia) 69-67-71-70, Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand) 69-70-72-66, Akio Sadakata (Japan) 69-71-66-71, Danny Chia (Malaysia) 69-69-68-71.

278 – Mamo OSANAI (Japan) 69-70-69-70, Yoshinori Fujimoto (Japan) 70-70-69-69, Michael Hendry (New Zealand) 67-69-71-71, Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 69-70-71-68, Stephen Leaney (Australia) 69-71-70-68, David Mckenzie (Australia) 65-70-71-72, Hu Mu (China) 68-68-75-67, Satoshi Kodaira (Japan) 70-66-67-75.

279 – George Gandranata (Indonesia) 71-69-68-71, Ryan Haller (Australia) 71-70-66-72, Mardan Mamat (Singapore) 68-68-71-72, Jason Norris (Australia) 70-68-66-75.

280 – Jack Wilson (Australia) 73-63-72-72, Hiroyuki Fujita (Japan) 68-69-71-72, Scott Strange (Australia) 68-69-71-72, Yasuki Hiramoto (Japan) 72-69-68-71, Y. E. Yang (Korea) 73-67-70-70, Yoshinobu Tsukada (Japan) 70-71-70-69, Hwang Jung-gon (Korea) 69-67-69-75.

281 – Kim Tae-hoon (Korea) 66-69-73-73, Yusaku Miyazato (Japan) 73-67-69-72, Kim Gi-whan (Korea) 67-74-69-71, Masamichi Uehira (Japan) 70-70-71-70, Ryuko Tokimatsu (Japan) 67-64-74-76, Adam Bland (Australia) 68-73-71-69.

282 – Arnond Vongvanij (Thailand) 68-70-71-73, David Oh (USA) 70-69-70-73, Prom Meesawat (Thailand) 69-69-72-72, Brad Kennedy (Australia) 69-72-70-71.

283 – Baek Joo-yeob (Korea) 69-70-70-74, Son Joon-eob (Korea) 69-72-69-73, Kim Do-hoon 753 (Korea) 68-73-70-72, Park Sung-joon (Korea) 72-68-72-71, Cho Min-gyu (Korea) 68-72-72-71, Tadahiro Takayama (Japan) 75-65-74-69, Lee Tae-hee (Korea) 70-71-73-69.

284 – Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 64-74-71-75, Zhang Jin (am, China) 69-71-72-72, Yuta Ikeda (Japan) 71-69-76-68.

286 – Ouyang Zheng (China) 66-67-75-78, Daniel Popovic (Australia) 69-69-74-74, Hidemasa Hoshino (Japan) 71-70-72-73, He Ze-yu (China) 69-72-77-68.

291 – Andik Mauludin (Indonesia) 67-74-75-75.

292 – Jang Ik-jae (Korea) 67-74-77-74.

 

Source: OneAsia

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