Beck Lifts Maiden Title

Sun 02 Aug 2009

Beck Lifts Maiden Title

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Aug 2: Australia?s Darren Beck completed a remarkable comeback by winning at the third play-off hole over India?s Gaganjeet Bhullar at the Brunei Open 2009 on Sunday.
Beck, who had started his final round in tied-15th, six shots off the lead, fired a sparkling six-under-par 65 to force a three-way play-off with Bhullar and Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit after the leading trio returned with 13-under-par 271s in regulation play.
When Boonchu bogeyed the second play-off hole and Beck and Bhullar made pars each, it was down to the par-four ninth hole to decide the winner at the US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event.
The 30-year-old Australian sealed his career breakthrough win on the Asian Tour when birdied from 10 feet as Bhullar could only make par .
?I was sitting in the locker room and cooling off as I thought that there?ll be no way I could put myself in a play-off. It was very nerve-wreaking but it?s definitely great to make it to six-under and to win in the play-off!? said Beck.
Bhullar was on the verge of becoming the first player to win back-to-back victories on the Asian Tour this season.
The 21-year-old who won his maiden title in Jakarta last week could have added another victory at the Empire Hotel and Country Club had he birdied his closing hole on the 18th from eight feet.
?I had a very good second shot on my 72nd hole but I clearly misread the line,? said Bhullar.
?I would like to congratulate Darren for his overdue victory and he really deserves his win,? added the Indian.
At 53 years and 82 days, Boonchu could have written his way into the record books as the oldest winner to win an Asian Tour title.
However, the Thai closed with a costly bogey on the 18th to drop into a three-way play-off, which he made his exit at the second play-off hole.
?It was good to be competing for the title against these younger players again. It has been a long week but I really enjoyed myself this week,? said Boonchu who had mixed three birdies with three bogeys to close on 71.
Beck opened his final round with two birdies. He parred the rest of his front-nine to reach the turn in 33.
The Australian?s game came back to life with four birdies on the 10th, 14th, 15th and 16th before storming home in 65.
?I knew I was a few shots back and I had to go out there to get birdies. Starting with two opening birdies, I knew I could go on and make a few more birdies. I missed a couple of easy ones but in the same way, I made a lot of good par putts as well,? said Beck.
?Starting in seven-under, I really didn?t think I could go up the leaderboard. But to finish the way I did, I?m really happy,? said the Australian of his round before he won in the play-off.
Leading final round scores
271 - Darren Beck (AUS) 71-67-68-65, Boonchu Ruangkit (THA) 65-71-64-71, Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 67-71-64-69
(Beck defeated Bhullar after the third play-off hole)
272 - David Gleeson (AUS) 66-69-69-68
273 - Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 68-68-68-69, Lu Chien-soon (TPE) 65-71-67-70, Mardan Mamat (SIN) 65-71-67-70, Scott Barr (AUS) 66-67-69-71
274 - Shaaban Hussin (MAS) 67-68-69-70, Thammanoon Srirot (THA) 74-65-67-68, Kodai Ichihara (JPN) 71-64-68-71, Jay Bayron (PHI) 69-65-67-73
275 - Ted Oh (KOR) 64-70-68-73, C. Muniyappa (IND) 69-72-62-72
276 - Jbe Kruger (RSA) 69-71-70-66, Piya Swangarunporn (THA) 68-71-68-69, Gavin Flint (AUS) 64-68-74-70
277 - Wu Ashun (CHN) 69-69-72-67, Kwanchai Tannin (THA) 69-72-69-67, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 67-73-70-67, Siddikur (BAN) 68-69-70-70, Zhang Lian-Wei (CHN) 69-71-68-69, Mars Pucay (PHI) 69-68-71-69
Selected scores
278 - Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 68-67-73-70
Ends.
About the Brunei Open 2009
The Brunei Open is celebrating its fifth anniversary following its historic launch in 2005. The Championship is organised by Brunei Tourism under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and the Ministry of Youth and Sports and will once again be staged at the award-winning The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Asia?s Ultimate Golf, Spa & Family Beach Resort which is a signature Jack Nicklaus course. The Brunei Open 2009 sponsors are Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd (Title Sponsor); The Empire Hotel and Country Club (Host Venue and Official Hotel), Srixon (Official Ball), Cross Creek (Official Apparel), CityNeon (Official Contractor), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions), Cleveland and 100Plus. The Brunei Open is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, which is the governing body for professional tournament golf in Asia and locally by the Brunei Darussalam Golf Association.
About Brunei Tourism
Brunei Darussalam, a peaceful and wealthy kingdom on the northern shores of Borneo, is known for having one of the most pristine tropical rainforest environments anywhere, as well as for the pomp and opulence of its centuries old monarchy, steeped in ancient Malay traditions. With easy international direct access through its Royal Brunei Airlines carrier and other regional airlines, and with an up-market product and image appealing to discerning travellers, Brunei is an exciting and safe new destination waiting to be discovered. For more information on Brunei please visit www.bruneitourism.travel
About Brunei Shell Petroleum
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP), a dynamic, world-class company and one of the biggest energy companies in Asia, have a long standing history in Brunei of more than 75 years and are at the leading edge of energy technology putting the safety and environment at the heart of everything and invests in the people and community of Brunei.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.  This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ESPN Star Sports (Official Regional TV Broadcaster), Pin High (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider) and Srixon (Official Ball). Sentosa, Singapore?s premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.