10 years of magic: 2004 Vietnam Masters

Thu 05 Sep 2013

10 years of magic: 2004 Vietnam Masters

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In this latest instalment of our looking back series, we relive all the action from the Vietnam Masters back in 2004 where Angelo Que of the Philippines claimed a stunning victory over Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee to triumph in the US$200,000 event.
The Vietnam Masters was held at the Chi Linh Star Golf and Country Club in Hanoi from November 4-7.
Que, who was 26-year-old then, fired a final round two-under-par 70 to triumph by two strokes and took home the winner’s prize purse of US$32,300.
His career breakthrough, thanks to a four-day total of 12-under-par 276, spoilt Thongchai’s plan for a grand celebration as the Thai turns 35 on the following Monday. The Thai stumbled to a 74 for second place while former US Open champion Corey Pavin settled for third position with a closing 70.
“It’s a dream come true,” said an elated Que. “It was very scary at the start as I was playing the top player in Asia. But after I made an eagle putt on five, it helped me calm down and pull through.
“On the eve of the tournament, I passed my entry form for next year’s Qualifying School as I was expecting to head back there again. But now, I can pick and choose my events. I’m really happy.
“My confidence was low coming into this week but I told myself to start believing in myself. I knew I could play the game. This is golf, one day you can be down there and the next you’re up here,” added the former two-time Philippine Amateur champion.
Que, whose best finish in Asia that year was tied 21st in his home Open, started strongly with a birdie on his first hole and was tied for the lead when Thongchai bogeyed the third. A superb drive to 15 feet at the short par four fifth hole that set Que up for eagle pulled him ahead by two.
At the turn, Que was one up and Thongchai’s charge eventually lost pace with bogeys on the 11th, 12th and 15th although he finished with a birdie on 18. Thongchai lamented a poor putting display. “I couldn’t putt on the front nine. I thought the pins were in tough spots and I lost it on the back nine with those three bogeys.
“Angelo played good today and the eagle on five was the turning point. I missed putts on the next two holes after that and didn’t get going,” said the Thai.
Pavin started strongly with birdies on the third, fifth and seventh holes but a bogey on 13 snuffed his title charge. “I just didn’t keep it going and it was frustrating. But I tried my hardest out there. I’m now looking forward to seeing the rest of Vietnam,” said Pavin.
“It was nice to see a lot of people out today and get involve in golf. It is good. It’s absolutely going in the right direction.”
Thai duo Boonchu Ruangkit and Thaworn Wiratchant finished tied fourth on 281 following rounds of 72 and 74 respectively. It was Boonchu’s third straight top-five finish on the Asian Tour that season.
Ends.
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