Pilkadaris Lands Chinese Double With Sanya Open Win

Sun 31 Oct 2004

Pilkadaris Lands Chinese Double With Sanya Open Win


Sanya, China, October 31: In-form Australian Terry Pilkadaris completed his Chinese double when he beat American Clay Devers in a sudden-death play-off to win the US$250,000 Sanya Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club today.


The 31-year-old Pilkadaris struck a winning eight iron approach to a foot for birdie on the 18th at the second extra hole to claim his second successive title following his maiden Asian Tour triumph in Shanghai last Sunday.


Taking a three-stroke lead into the final round, Pilkadaris carded a closing two-under-par 70 for an 18-under-par 270 total but was caught by Devers, who fired an outstanding 65 at the par 72, 7,097-yard Yalong Bay course located on tropical Hainan island.


Chinese star Liang Wen-chong could have made it a three-way play-off but agonisingly missed a 15-foot birdie attempt at the last in his round of 67 to share third place with Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit, who enjoyed his second straight top-three performance.


"It's mind-blowing, unbelievable really," said Pilkadaris of his two straight victories. "With Monique on the bag this week it was sweet. She wasn't with me when I won in Shanghai (Crowne Plaza Open) so I was more determined to get over the line today with her. She's like my rock and I'm glad we did it."


Pilkadaris nearly wrapped it up on the first hole of sudden-death but his 20-foot attempt hit the edge of the cup. But the Aussie struck a wonderful shot in the second extra hole from 170 yards that nearly found the bottom of the cup.


"It was near perfection. I had almost the same yardage of 155m (170 yards) in the play-off for my second shot. Last week, I hit a great eight iron on 18 to sort of clinch victory there and it was almost the exact same shot here this week," said Pilkadaris, who won US$40,375 and moved to seventh place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.


Devers (left) said: "I played good today but I wasn't happy with my two drivers in the play-off. I left myself yardages that I'm not used to. After finding the bunker on the second play-off hole, I took out an extra club after seeing Terry hit it so close. He just gets it on the fairway and gets it on the green. He played well."

Local hope Liang had a chance to join the play-off but came up just short. "I missed some chances and on 18, I thought I hit a good putt," said Liang, who won US$14,000.


Thai Open winner Boonchu rued missed opportunities in the closing stretch, missing birdie chances from four feet and 10 feet on the 16th and 17th holes. He rolled in a birdie on the 18th to share third spot with Liang.


"I had no luck. I missed putts on 11 and then had short ones on 16 and 17 but the putts didn't even go near the cup. It is disappointing," said Boonchu.


Sri Lankan Anura Rohana fired a 68 to finish tied fifth on 273 for his best outing on the Asian Tour alongside Chinese Taipei's Chang Tse-peng, who closed with a 70.


Fifteen year old Chinese amateur Hu Mu, touted as a future star, came in tied 11th along with rookie professional Shiv Kapur of India on 277.


Leading final round scores

270 - Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 68-66-66-70, Clay Devers (USA) 69-70-66-65

(Pilkadaris won with a birdie on second hole of sudden-death play-off)

271 - Boonchu Ruangkit (THA) 66-74-64-67, Liang Wen-chong (right) (CHN) 69-69-66-67

273 - Anura Rohana (SRI) 73-69-63-68, Chang Tse-peng (TPE) 70-67-66-70

274 - Gerald Rosales (PHI) 66-70-69-69, Charlie Wi (KOR) 73-67-65-69

275 - Li Chao (CHN) 72-69-67-67

276 - Bryan Saltus (USA) 73-69-67-67

277 - Shiv Kapur (IND) 68-70-72-67, Anthony Summers (AUS) 71-69-68-69, Hu Mu [A] (CHN) 74-65-68-70, Yoshinobu Tsukada (JPN) 69-67-70-71, Lin Wen-ko (TPE) 70-70-66-71

278 - Lu Wen-teh (TPE) 70-68-73-67, Mo Joong-kyung (KOR) 70-66-72-70, Gerry Norquist (USA) 66-73-66-73

279 - Gary Rusnak (USA) 70-70-70-69, Prom Meesawat (THA) 69-71-70-69, Satoshi Tomiyama (JPN) 71-69-69-70, Mardan Mamat (SIN) 72-64-72-71, Alistair Presnell (AUS) 68-71-69-71

280 - Anthony Gilligan (AUS) 69-69-70-72, Keith Horne (RSA) 71-71-65-73

281 - Eiji Mizoguchi (JPN) 70-73-69-69, Adam Groom (AUS) 71-71-69-70, Ashok Kumar (IND) 72-69-70-70, Akinori Tani (JPN) 66-70-73-72, Lu Wei-lan (TPE) 70-74-64-73, David Kang (KOR) 71-67-68-75