Sentosa, December 15: Following the conclusion of the 2016 Asian Tour season last weekend, here are some interesting Facts and Figures produced by the region’s top stars.
1.Lowest round of the year belonged to South African Shaun Norris who fired a 11-under-par 61 at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open en route to his second win on Tour.
2.Three other players, Prom Meesawat of Thailand, Lionel Weber of France and India’s Shubhankar Sharma, fired 10-under-par 62s at the Resorts World Manila Masters and Bank BRI-JCB Indonesia Open.
3.Shaun Norris also holds the lowest 72-hole score of 2016 with his 24-under-par 264 aggregate when he won in Myanmar. American Justin Thomas was 23-under-par 265 at the CIMB Classic.
4.The highest winning score was by Lu Wei-chih at the demanding Taiwan Golf and Country Club when he won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters at five-under-par 283.
5.Hideki Matsuyama of Japan enjoyed the largest margin of victory when he won the WGC-HSBC Champions by seven strokes in Shanghai.
6.American Justin Thomas and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert produced the lowest final rounds to win the CIMB Classic and Venetian Macao Open respectively, shooting an eight-under-par 64 and seven-under-par 64.
7.The lowest halfway cut all season was at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open and Resorts World Manila Masters at four-under-par 140 while the highest was at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters at seven-over-par 151.
8.India’s Mukesh Kumar was the only player in 2016 to go wire-to-wire when he won the Panasonic Open India which was reduced to three rounds due to inclement weather. He also became the older winner on Tour at the age of 51 years old.
9.There were many great shots during 2016 and one of the finest was from Japan’s Azuma Yano, who hit a rare albatross in Myanmar during the third round on the 14th hole when he sank a seven iron.
10.A total of 10 first-time winners were celebrated in 2016, including Younghan Song, Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Jeunghun Wang, Yuta Ikeda, Carlos Pigem, Chan Shih-chang, Poom Saksansin, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Mukesh Kumar and Sam Brazel.
11.Four players won twice each in 2016. They are Scott Hend (True Thailand Classic and Queen’s Cup), Chan Shih-chang (King’s Cup and Diamond Cup), S.S.P. Chawrasia (Hero Indian Open and Resorts World Manila Masters) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (Shinghan Donghae Open and Bank BRI-JCB Indonesia Open).
12.One of the most thrilling finishes witnessed was at the Venetian Macao Open when Anirban Lahiri of India birdied his final seven holes in the final round to force a play-off which he eventually lost to Pavit Tangkamolprasert.
13.Scott Hend became the first Australian to win the coveted Asian Tour’s Order of Merit in 2016. He also became the fourth player to surpass US$1 million in earnings in a single season. He earned USS$1,004,792 from 11 tournaments.
14.Zimbabwean Scott Vincent was the best performer from Qualifying School in 2016, finishing in 28th position on the Order of Merit with US$136,812.
15.Asian Tour Members Thongchai Jaidee, Paul Peterson, Soomin Lee and Jeunghun Wang won tournaments on the European Tour in 2016. China’s Wu Ashun was also victorious in Europe.
16.Team China, represented by Wu and Li Haotong, finished tied second at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, the best finish by the nation in the tournament’s history.
17.Chinese Taipei’s Lul Wei-chih produced one of the most emotional victories in 2016, winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on home soil and four years after undergoing brain surgery to remove a non-malignant tumour.
18.The Tour welcomed back the SMBC Singapore Open, Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, King’s Cup, Indonesia Open and Shinhan Donghae Open in 2016. The Tour also returned to Perth, Australia for the first time since 2009.