Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned at #DiamondCup

Mon 26 Sep 2016

Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned at #DiamondCup

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Sentosa, Singapore, September 26: The Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup served up a few eye-openers following Chan Shih-chang’s stunning victory after he shot a final round of eight-under-par 62. Here are our top-5 observations in our Monday Rewind.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1.[/dropcap]. Chan’s black-and-white polka dot shirt which he uses on tournament Sundays is fast becoming a talking point. He has now won approximately 12 titles, including two on the Asian Tour, by wearing his favourite shirt. India’s Rahil Gangjee tweeted this: “Don’t ever throw that shirt away … AWESOME” while TV commentator Richard Kaufman tweeted: “2 wins in 2 months … soon to be a polka dot for each win the way he’s going #winningshirt”
Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei (web)[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2.[/dropcap]. His final round score of eight-under-par 62 was Chan’s career low and helped establish a new course record after some course renovation works were done earlier this year. The win also pushed him up to fourth place on the Order of Merit where he is now in line to qualify for a first appearance at the CIMB Classic and HSBC Champions next month, which offer a combined US$16.5 million in prize money. Coincidently, he almost didn’t take the trip to Japan due to a domestic event.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3.[/dropcap] Phachara Khongwatmai could have made it a dream week for the tournament sponsors. The Thai teenager was in the field on a sponsor’s invite ticket and with his name translated to “diamond”, he could have certainly lived up to it by winning the Diamond Cup. However, the second and third round leader eventually finished tied fourth but many expect him to break through very soon.
Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2016[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4.[/dropcap]. After spending two weeks in hospital, Korea’s Jeunghun Wang teed up in the Diamond Cup but agonizingly missed the cut by one. He lamented poor putting, probably due to the lack of practice but expect him to come back stronger as he continues to chase the Order of Merit where he is ranked third. He tweeted: “Need to get stronger”.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5.[/dropcap] The Diamond Cup was the second event of the season that is co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour on Japanese soil. Earlier this year, the SMBC Singapore Open and Leopalace21 Myanmar Open were also jointly sanctioned, making it four events in total to be co-sanctioned by both Tours, which is the highest ever in Asian golf history.