November 13: Here are five interesting takeaways from the Resort World Manila Masters.
1Micah Lauren Shin is turning 21 in two weeks’ time. He joined the play-for-pay ranks in 2013 at a young age of 16 and is the second rookie, following Australian Todd Sinnott, to win on the Asian Tour this season. Shin is not only the youngest winner on Tour this season but also the youngest winner of the Resorts World Manila Masters which was inaugurated in 2013.
2Shin had birdied the par-five 18th hole for all the five times he has played at the Resorts World Manila Masters this week, four in regulation play and one in the play-off.
3Shin was overwhelmed with excitement following his victory, saying everything is a first for him, including TV interviews, signing autographs, photoshoot, press conference, etc. Also said he feels more nervous doing all these than playing in the play-off!
4Shin’s one of the longest hitters on Tour. He averaged about 312 yards per drive at the 2017 Resorts World Manila Masters. He is currently ranked fifth in the statistical category for driving distance on the Asian Tour this season.
5It was a welcome return to form for Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij. Despite losing in the play-off, his runner-up finish has propelled him from 128th to 29th place on the Order of Merit, sealing his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season. Arnond turned professional in 2011 and won his first Asian Tour victory on home soil in 2012.