Sentosa, Singapore, October 10: The BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich celebrated a worthy winner in Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, who cruised to his maiden Asian Tour title with a comfrotable five-shot victory. While we rejoiced in his breathrough, here are five other things about the US$750,000 event that captivated us throughout the week.
1The young guns were certainly giving the veteran warhorses a run for their money Apart from Thongchai Jaidee and Marcus Fraser, all top-10 spots were occupied by two 17-year-olds and others aged in their 20s.
2Talk about the success of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the opportunities it has given players to develop their full potential. Poom is the third ADT player to win on the Asian Tour and ADT after American Berry Henson and Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei.
3Before his win, Poom never finished inside the top-10 on the Asian Tour except for a 2nd place finish at the 2014 Queen’s Cup.
4Behind every successful golfer is also the man on his bags. Poom unleashed his secret by deploying his uncle to be his caddie for the week. According to the baby-faced assassin, he only uses his uncle in big events or he won’t even make a profit. And it was his uncle who kept him calm under pressure.
5Gaganjeet Bhullar’s comeback trail is well on track. Fresh after winning again in Korea, the Indian’s top-10 finish has given him another fighting chance to qualify for CIMB Classic. Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai is also in with a fighting chance for the lucrative US$7 million event in Malaysia.