October 30: Here are five interesting takeaways from the WGC-HSBC Champions and Indonesia Open.
1It ain’t over till the fat lady sings. Everyone was playing for second place, as Dustin Johnson had a commanding six-shot lead going into the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions. However, Justin Rose kept his head down, chipped away Johnson’s lead and eventually won by two. Johnson shot a five-over-par 77 on Sunday.
2Rose has gone into the record books. His eight-stroke come-from-behind victory is a personal best for the Englishman. It is also a tournament best and a World Golf Championships record.
3It is never too young to start. 2017 Indonesia Open champion Panuphol Pittayarat turned professional was he was just 14 years old. The Thai joined the Asian Tour in 2009 and has not missed out on his playing rights since 2011.
4The Indonesian Open must be one of Panuphol’s favourite tournaments. He came in tied-second at the 2016 Indonesia Open, held on the same course last year.
5The Thais are currently in supreme form. Panuphol and his compatriots took the top five positions in Indonesia. Over at the Asian Development Tour, Kasidit Lepkurte won the PGM MIDF Championship, with fellow Thai Pannakorn Uthaipas finishing in second place.