10 years of magic: 2004 Volvo Masters of Asia

Wed 18 Sep 2013

10 years of magic: 2004 Volvo Masters of Asia

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In this latest instalment of our looking back series, we relive all the action from the Volvo Masters of Asia back in 2004 where India’s Jyoti Randhawa beat Australian Terry Pilkadaris in a play-off to lift the US$550,000 event title.
The Volvo Masters of Asia was held at the Kota Permai Golf & Country Club in Malaysia from December 09-12.
Randhawa ended the Asian Tour season on a glorious note by draining a 15-foot birdie putt in the second hole of a sudden-death shootout. The Indian’s victory, worth US$99,000, was his first success that year and it prevented Pilkadaris from a third title in four months.
The Aussie hauled himself into contention with an impressive seven-under-par 65 in the final round but Randhawa forced a play-off by holing an eight-foot birdie at the par five 18th hole in regulation en route to a 67.
Overnight co-leaders Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand and Wang Ter-chang of Chinese Taipei shared third place after matching 72s while Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee finished fifth to lift the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown that year.
In the play-off, Randhawa and Pilkadaris birdied the first extra hole, which was played on the 18th. Pilkadaris looked to have wrapped it up by setting up a seven-foot birdie chance while Randhawa sent his chip well past the flag. But in a stunning turn-around, the Indian star rolled home his putt and with the pressure on, Pilkadaris agonisingly missed his attempt to end the gripping contest.
“It was a great finish,” said Randhawa, whose triumph in the Volvo Masters of Asia earned him an invitation into the following year’s WGC-NEC Invitational. “This was one of the most exciting rounds of golf I’ve played since my Indian Open win in 2000 which also had a tight leaderboard. It was nerve-wrecking but I handled myself well and I was very focussed. Dropping shots yesterday put me in a good position as I didn’t have anything to lose.”
“I don’t know how I did it. I knew I needed to birdie the last hole in regulation but jumped on my tee shot and pulled into the trees. I managed to find a gap in between the trees and hit a fabulous nine iron to the flag to nine feet. It’s amazing. Then I had two great drives in the play-off and made two great putts,” added Randhawa, who compiled a four-day total of 14-under-par 274.
Randhawa said the win was timely as he started doubting his game following a winless year where he also plays his golf in Japan. “I started to doubt myself after making a few swing changes. I’ve not won for nearly two years but my coach Kel Llewellyn told me to be patient. It’s a great thing to win as my confidence will just go up.”
“It’s a nice Christmas present. I’ll put in a thousand dollars to make it US$100,000 in total. Anytime you win, it is significant. Terry played great, I wished him well and applauded some of his shots as he played some good golf,” said the then 32-year-old Indian, whose win was his fifth career title in Asia.
Pilkadaris was in hot form as he surged into contention with a seven birdie round. The leaderboard was so closely knitted, with Thailand Prayad and veteran campaigner Wang making it a four-way tie on the back nine.
Pilkadaris had a chance to wrap it up in regulation but missed a short birdie attempt on 18. “It would have been nice (to win). That putt on 18 in normal time, if I had holed out from seven feet, that would have sealed it. I played great, I had a good day. You can’t complain if you lose to a birdie. I was seven feet away and it is a bitter pill to swallow. Jyoti hit two great drives down on 18 (in the play-off) and hit two great putts. He’s a good player,” said Pilkadaris, who ended the season fifth on the money ranking.
Ends.
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