Gleeson Wins Macau Open

Sun 26 Oct 2008

Gleeson Wins Macau Open


Macau, October 26: Australia's David Gleeson ended his six-year title drought with a wire-to-wire success at the Macau Open on Sunday.


The Taipei-based winner nailed his second straight two-under-par 69 in the final round for a Macau Open tournament record total of 18-under-par 266 at the Macau Golf and Country Club.


Gleeson, who won the 2002 Volvo China Open, bettered the previous total of 268 set by American Jason Knutzon in 2004.


Thanks to his win, Gleeson walked away with the top prize of US$79,250 and rises to 21st spot on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.


"I told my caddie (Sanker Ganesan) at the start of the tournament that I wanted to win this week by as many shots as possible. I also told myself that if I don't go for it, I won't have a chance so I'm happy that I went for it this week," said Gleeson.


Chinese Taipei's Lin Wen-tang produced a 66 to claim second place while compatriot Kao Bo-song was even-par for the day and finished in lone third spot. Filipino Mars Pucay shot a 65 and ended his week in joint fourth spot together with England's Yasin Ali who posted a 68 for a 271 total.


But it was Gleeson who fended off a strong charge from the Chinese Taipei duo of Kao and Lin to nail his second success on the Asian Tour.


He started the day with a drop shot on the opening hole and was level with Kao who had birdied the second hole. But Gleeson bounced back with five birdies against two bogeys before leaving the ball within a foot away from the cup for the win.


"I reached the little goals that I had set all day which proved to be the key. On the 18th hole, I just had to avoid the water and I knew I had it once the ball landed on the green," said Gleeson, who two-putted for par and the win.


"I remember the time with my coach (Ken Berndt) who asked me how I am going to react after finishing a hole well. I replied that I wasn't sure. I was more worried about what my friends would do to me in celebration and that's exactly what happened today," added the champion.


Prior to his success, Gleeson had chalked up top-10 finishes at the Singha Thailand PGA Championship, the Brunei Open and the Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational this season. In 2007, Gleeson enjoyed three top-10 finishes and competed in his maiden Major championship at the British Open.


Chinese Taipei's Lin, who won the Asian Tour International in March, was pleased with his runner-up performance this week.


"I have one win, and two runner-up finishes now. This is shaping up to be a very good season for me. I am very pleased. I've always put myself in contention and I hope to keep the momentum going into the remaining events," said Lin.


Kao, who chased down the champion in the early stages of the final round, was satisfied with his final day efforts of 71.


"I played my best, but Gleeson played better. I gave it my all out there so I am happy as this is my best finish on the Asian Tour. I hope for better things to come from now on," admitted Kao.


Leading fourth round scores

266 - David Gleeson (AUS) 64-64-69-69

269 - Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 65-68-70-66

270 - Kao Bo-song (TPE) 66-68-65-71

271 - Mars Pucay (PHI) 67-70-69-65, Yasin Ali (ENG) 69-64-70-68

272 - Lu Wei-chih (TPE) 68-70-69-65, Somkiat Srisanga (THA) 69-68-69-66, Adam Blyth (AUS) 68-65-71-68

273 - Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 65-69-68-71, Steven Tiley (ENG) 70-67-65-71

274 - Wu Ashun (CHN) 70-68-69-67, Chan Yih-shin (TPE) 69-67-67-71

275 - Danny Chia (MAS) 67-68-72-68, Chris Rodgers (ENG) 72-65-70-68, Unho Park (AUS) 67-72-68-68, Tony Carolan (AUS) 67-69-67-72

276 - Zhang Lian-wei (CHN) 72-67-68-69, Wang Ter-chang (TPE) 66-69-69-72

277 - Udorn Duangdecha (THA) 65-72-73-67, Neven Basic (AUS) 70-67-70-70, Lin Wen-hong (TPE) 65-69-72-71

278 - Darren Beck (AUS) 66-69-77-66, Mitchell Brown (AUS) 70-66-71-71, Richard Moir (AUS) 67-71-71-69, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 68-65-73-72



About the Macau Open

The Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB) is the organiser and title sponsor of the Macau Open for the 11th straight year. The US$500,000 tournament is supported by Macau Government Tourist Office and backed by official hotel Holiday Inn Macau, official ball Srixon, official water Bonaqua and sponsor Westin Resort Macau.


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