Macau, China, 19 Sept – Taiwan’s Chan Yih-shin recovered from the worst possible start and a dismal spell of form in recent months to grab his second Asian Tour title by three shots in the $750,000 Macau Open on Sunday.
Chan’s tee shot went out-of-bounds for a double bogey on the first hole but he rallied with a massive chip-in birdie from 40 feet on 12 before closing with two-under-par 69 in blustery conditions at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
He ended his campaign with a winning total of 14-under-par 270 and pocketed the winner’s cheque of $118,875 in Macau.
David Gleeson of Australia and Thai Thaworn Wiratchant, both former Macau Open champions, shot matching 66s to finish in second and third place respectively for their first top-10 finishes on the Asian Tour this year.
Chan’s victory ended a poor run of form where he has had no top-10 finishes since October.
“I didn’t know what to think after my double bogey but I kept telling myself to calm down,” said Chan, 34, winner of the 2009 King’s Cup in Thailand. “The pressure was there in the first nine and I felt better only after my chip-in birdie.
“I didn’t putt very well in the beginning of the year and that was why I didn’t get a good result. This whole week was the best that I’ve putted and I’m glad to be able to come out victorious.”
His nervy start saw the lead change hands between him and Mo Joong-Kyung of South Korea on several occasions.
He was trailing Mo by one shot after the turn but produced a magical run starting from his birdie on 12 before adding crucial birdies on 13, 14 and 16 to cruise home with a wire-to-wire victory as Mo faded.
Mo signed off in tied fourth place after a round of 72 with Zaw Moe of Myanmar and Asian Tour honorary member Jeev Milkha Singh of India, who closed on identical 69s.(MacauNews/Sports)