Rewind: Top 18 Facts and Figures from 2016

Thu 15 Dec 2016

Rewind: Top 18 Facts and Figures from 2016

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Sentosa, December 15: Following the conclusion of the 2016 Asian Tour season last weekend, here are some interesting Facts and Figures produced by the region’s top stars. 
Shaun Norris of South Africa Shaun Norris of South Africa
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1.[/dropcap]Lowest round of the year belonged to South African Shaun Norris who fired a 11-under-par 61 at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open en route to his second win on Tour.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2.[/dropcap]Three other players, Prom Meesawat of Thailand, Lionel Weber of France and India’s Shubhankar Sharma, fired 10-under-par 62s at the Resorts World Manila Masters and Bank BRI-JCB Indonesia Open.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3.[/dropcap]Shaun Norris also holds the lowest 72-hole score of 2016 with his 24-under-par 264 aggregate when he won in Myanmar. American Justin Thomas was 23-under-par 265 at the CIMB Classic.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4.[/dropcap]The highest winning score was by Lu Wei-chih at the demanding Taiwan Golf and Country Club when he won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters at five-under-par 283.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5.[/dropcap]Hideki Matsuyama of Japan enjoyed the largest margin of victory when he won the WGC-HSBC Champions by seven strokes in Shanghai.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]6.[/dropcap]American Justin Thomas and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert produced the lowest final rounds to win the CIMB Classic and Venetian Macao Open respectively, shooting an eight-under-par 64 and seven-under-par 64.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]7.[/dropcap]The lowest halfway cut all season was at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open and Resorts World Manila Masters at four-under-par 140 while the highest was at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters at seven-over-par 151.
Mukesh Kumar of India with the winner's trophy Mukesh Kumar of India with the winner's trophy
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]8.[/dropcap]India’s Mukesh Kumar was the only player in 2016 to go wire-to-wire when he won the Panasonic Open India which was reduced to three rounds due to inclement weather. He also became the older winner on Tour at the age of 51 years old.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]9.[/dropcap]There were many great shots during 2016 and one of the finest was from Japan’s Azuma Yano, who hit a rare albatross in Myanmar during the third round on the 14th hole when he sank a seven iron.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]10.[/dropcap]A total of 10 first-time winners were celebrated in 2016, including Younghan Song, Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Jeunghun Wang, Yuta Ikeda, Carlos Pigem, Chan Shih-chang, Poom Saksansin, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Mukesh Kumar and Sam Brazel.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]11.[/dropcap]Four players won twice each in 2016. They are Scott Hend (True Thailand Classic and Queen’s Cup), Chan Shih-chang (King’s Cup and Diamond Cup), S.S.P. Chawrasia (Hero Indian Open and Resorts World Manila Masters) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (Shinghan Donghae Open and Bank BRI-JCB Indonesia Open).
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]12.[/dropcap]One of the most thrilling finishes witnessed was at the Venetian Macao Open when Anirban Lahiri of India birdied his final seven holes in the final round to force a play-off which he eventually lost to Pavit Tangkamolprasert.
Josh Burack, Scott Hend and Kyi Hla Han with the OOM trophy Josh Burack, Scott Hend and Kyi Hla Han with the OOM trophy
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]13.[/dropcap]Scott Hend became the first Australian to win the coveted Asian Tour’s Order of Merit in 2016. He also became the fourth player to surpass US$1 million in earnings in a single season. He earned USS$1,004,792 from 11 tournaments.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]14.[/dropcap]Zimbabwean Scott Vincent was the best performer from Qualifying School in 2016, finishing in 28th position on the Order of Merit with US$136,812.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]15.[/dropcap]Asian Tour Members Thongchai Jaidee, Paul Peterson, Soomin Lee and Jeunghun Wang won tournaments on the European Tour in 2016. China’s Wu Ashun was also victorious in Europe.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]16.[/dropcap]Team China, represented by Wu and Li Haotong, finished tied second at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, the best finish by the nation in the tournament’s history.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]17.[/dropcap]Chinese Taipei’s Lul Wei-chih produced one of the most emotional victories in 2016, winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on home soil and four years after undergoing brain surgery to remove a non-malignant tumour.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]18.[/dropcap]The Tour welcomed back the SMBC Singapore Open, Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, King’s Cup, Indonesia Open and Shinhan Donghae Open in 2016. The Tour also returned to Perth, Australia for the first time since 2009.