Harrington seals dramatic win

Sun 07 Dec 2014

Harrington seals dramatic win

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Jakarta, December 7: Irishman Padraig Harrington secured a thrilling victory at the US$750,000 BANK BRI Indonesia Open after defeating a battling Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand by two shots on Sunday.
The three-time Major champion held a four-shot lead at the start of the final round but stumbled at the turn in 37 as Thanyakon birdied three in his opening five holes to lead by two shots after nine holes.
Harrington clawed his way back up after a two-hour rain suspension to tie with Thanyakon heading into the 18th hole where drama ensued at the Damai Indah Golf, PIK Course.
Padraig Harrington of Ireland Padraig Harrington of Ireland
Under immense pressure to win his first Asian Tour title, the 24-year-old Thai hit his second shot into the water for a double bogey as Harrington sealed the win with a 15-foot par putt after taking a penalty drop when his tee shot landed on the edge of the hazard.
Harrington, who signed for an even-par 71 and a winning total of 16-under-par 268 said, “Winning is a good habit to have. It gives you a lot of confidence and I need that confidence. I didn’t start too well but I came through and I got the win. This win brings a lot of confidence to my game and hopefully it will show up next year.”
“I had a bad break on the 18th hole when I hit my tee shot and it rolled to the edge of the hazard. I was about to chip my ball sideways to the fairway but when Thanyakon hit it into the water, there was no point to take a chance. So I went back to the fairway and hit my six iron for my best shot of the week,” said Harrington.
After completing five holes in his third round on Sunday morning, Harrington opened his final round campaign with a bogey before dropping two shots on the par three seventh hole. He admits that the rain delay after nine holes helped him recover.
“I hit a few bad shots earlier on and I hit a careless shot on the seventh hole. The biggest thing for me at that stage was that I was really praying for a rain delay. My momentum was gone but Thanyakon was flying and he didn’t miss a shot,” explained Harrington.
“It was very unlucky for Thanyakon because of that rain delay. It was unfortunate but he can be very proud with how he played all the way through. He is really impressive. He looks like a player to watch for in the future,” added the Irishman, whose last win in a full field tournament was in Johor in 2010.
Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand
A dejected Thanyakon rued the missed opportunity to win his first Asian Tour title after struggling to hold his nerve on the 18th hole.
“It was a great final round from me but I was under so much pressure on the last hole. I’m still happy with how I played. The rain delay stopped my momentum. It wasn’t good. The pressure made me scared,” said the young Thai, who posted a 69.
David Lipsky of the United States extended his Order of Merit lead by slightly over US$133,518 after finishing sixth while Merit runner-up Anirban Lahiri of India stumbled to tied 15th place after closing with a triple bogey.
“Looks like I increased my lead and I’m feeling pretty good about that. The goal was to play solid here. Step one done and now I’ll move on to the Thailand Golf Championship and see what I can do there,” said Lipsky, who won the Omega European Masters in Switzerland in September.
Lahiri will have much to play for in the remaining two Asian Tour events. “I got a lot to play for. David has a good lead and I need two solid results in the last two events. I think I’m playing well enough but I got to put it together over four rounds. I haven’t done that in these last two weeks.”
Scores after round 4 of the Bank BRI Indonesia Open being played at the par 71, 7100 Yards Damai Indah GC course (a- denotes amateur):
268 - Padraig HARRINGTON (IRL) 64-66-67-71.
270 - Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 67-63-71-69.
271 - Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 69-63-70-69.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
272 - Quincy QUEK (SIN) 71-67-68-66.
274 - Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 73-67-67-67.
275 - David LIPSKY (USA) 72-68-66-69.
276 - Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 71-69-72-64, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 69-70-68-69, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 71-68-71-66, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 68-68-69-71, Scott HEND (AUS) 69-64-75-68.
277 - Berry HENSON (USA) 72-69-70-66, WANG Jeung-hun (KOR) 70-66-76-65, Jarin TODD (USA) 69-64-74-70.
278 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 74-66-66-72, Andrew DODT (AUS) 70-69-69-70, LEE Sung (KOR) 70-72-70-66, George GANDRANATA (INA) 69-68-68-73.
279 - S.S.P CHOWRASIA (IND) 68-71-68-72, Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 71-67-71-70, Danny CHIA (MAS) 68-69-71-71, Scott BARR (AUS) 69-67-70-73, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 69-66-73-71.
About BANK BRI
Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is one of Indonesia’s state-owned banks and was incorporated on December 16, 1895. Bank BRI is a public listed company and is amongst the top listed companies at the Indonesian Stock Exchange. Bank BRI has served more than 50 million customers and has over 10,000 outlets and more than 100,000 e-Channel network spread all over Indonesia. For more information about Bank BRI, please visit www.bri.co.id
About Persatuan Golf Indonesia
Persatuan Golf Indonesia (PGI) is the National Golf Association which is the sole authority in charge of the national amateur golf in the country that was founded on April 8, 1966. In addition to shelter under the R&A Scotland, PGI is also a member of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) which consists of 28 similar associations in the Asia Pacific region.
About the Asian Tour
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