Saltus Secures Maiden Triumph at Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open

Sun 02 Dec 2007

Saltus Secures Maiden Triumph at Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open

Siem Reap, December 2: American ace Bryan Saltus secured his maiden Asian Tour title at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open after a solid five-under-par 67 in the final round on Sunday.

Saltus reaped the rewards of his new putter this week firing six birdies against a lone bogey for a winning total of 17-under-par 271 at the esteemed Phokeethra Country Club.

The 36-year-old champion walked away with the top prize of US$47,550 and rose up to 30th place on the Asian Tour?s UBS Order of Merit.


?This is awesome. I would like to dedicate this win to Grateful Dead as they have inspired me all the way. Siem Reap is right up my alley so I?ve enjoyed my time on and off the course this week,? said Saltus, who is an avid Grateful Dead fan having been to 153 concerts.

Overnight leader Adam Groom of Australia posted a 71 to claim lone second spot as he finished three strokes behind the winner in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event. Thai duo of Thaworn Wiratchant and Prom Meesawat recorded matching 70s to claim joint third position after a 277 total

Thanks to a new Gel putter which he picked up this week, Saltus got off to a flying start chalking up three birdies in his first three holes. He extended his lead with a birdie on the 10th and ended his captivating run with a final birdie on the 17th hole.

?My putting has been the winning formula this week. It?s also nice to be one stroke off the lead coming into the final round as all eyes would be on the leader and not me.

?I had a good start with three birdies and my confidence carried on after that. I told my caddie (Phal Savern) that if I win, I would buy her a motorbike and now that I?ve done it, I will get her a brand new motorbike,? said the Californian based golfer, who started playing on the Asian Tour since 2004. He picked up the game at the age of 10 and has a trusty self taught golf swing.

?I?ve enjoyed my time on the Asian Tour and it?s really great to be the winner of Cambodia?s first ever professional golf event. I will definitely be looking forward to my return next year,? added Saltus, who drenched himself in celebration by jumping into the water next to the 18th hole after his final par putt.

Despite a slow final round performance with five birdies against four bogeys, Groom was pleased with his overall result at the lengthy par 7,226 yards par 72 course.

?It?s been a good week for me. I?ve shot four rounds under par which was something I couldn?t do all year until this week. It was a tough day out there and catching Bryan was going to be difficult with the form he was in today. But all credit to Bryan for his win this week,? said Groom.

Malaysia?s Danny Chia posted a 67 for his best finish this season in joint fifth spot alongside Korea?s Kang Ji-man who shot a 66. Chapchai Nirat of Thailand ended his campaign with a 73 to claim tied eighth position together with England?s Yasin Ali who was even-par for the day.

?My overall game was steady this week but I couldn?t really sustain it throughout 18 holes. I am not disappointed with my result. I was tired the entire week and hung in there to finish in the top-10 which was my target,? said Chapchai, who climbed up to second spot on the UBS Order of Merit ranking after earning US$7,065 for his efforts this week.


Leading final round scores

271 - Bryan Saltus (USA) 66-67-71-67

274 - Adam Groom (AUS) 65-68-70-71

277 - Prom Meesawat (THA) 69-69-69-70, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 70-70-67-70

278 - Danny Chia (MAS) 74-68-69-67, Kang Ji-man (KOR) 74-70-68-66

279 - Anthony Kang (USA) 67-69-71-72

280 - Chapchai Nirat (THA) 68-71-68-73, Yasin Ali (ENG) 72-68-68-72

281 - Harmeet Kahlon (IND) 69-69-73-70

282 - Jerome Delariarte (PHI) 70-72-70-70, Panuwat Muenlek (THA) 70-69-73-70

283 - Atthaphon Prathummanee (THA) 74-72-69-68, Guido Van Der Valk (NLD) 77-68-70-68, Michael Hoey (IRL) 70-73-69-71, Peter Karmis (RSA) 72-70-71-70, Boonchu Ruangkit (THA) 69-72-69-73

About the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open 2007

The Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open 2007 will be held at the Phokeethra Country Club from November 29 to December 2, 2007. The inaugural tournament, which is Cambodia?s first professional golf tournament, will see a host of top golfers from the Asian Tour competing for the US$300,000 prize money as well as improve on their standings on the UBS Order of Merit.

About Johnnie Walker

JOHNNIE WALKER is the world?s number one Scotch whisky brand with annual sales of an estimated 12.7 million nine-litre cases. It is owned by Diageo Plc, the world?s leading premium drinks business.

The JOHNNIE WALKER brand is the icon of status and sophistication. The philosophy behind the JOHNNIE WALKER brand advertising and the ?Keep Walking? message is to inspire and recognize progress and success in people who symbolize status and sophistication.

JOHNNIE WALKER has a long association with golf. Golf and Scotch whisky are arguably two of Scotland?s greatest gifts to the world, which may explain why the world?s leading Scotch whisky brand, JOHNNIE WALKER, is the title sponsor for the Cambodia Open 2007

JOHNNIE WALKER?s association with golf dates back to the mid 19th Century with involvement in many prestigious tournaments including the Ryder Cup in the 1990s and today across all levels of the game and across all continents on earth.

About Phokeethra Country Club

Phokeethra Country Club offers unique and memorable golfing experiences.  It is steeped in the history of the region. Within its grounds stands the magnificent ancient ?Roluh? bridge dating back to a Khmer empire in the 11th century AD.  Apart from the historical related, the Phokeethra Country Club?s clubhouse also features world-class facilities and affords picture-window vistas overlooking the entire landscape of the course.  Phokeethra Country Club is also ranked amongst the top five of the Best New Courses in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly Magazine and also is ranked as the Top Investment by TTG Magazine. As an official partner, Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort, which is the luxurious five stars resort in Siem Reap, welcomes you all to world-class accommodation and amenities.  Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort is located close to the magnificent Angkor Wat World Heritage Site.  It offers 238 superior and deluxe rooms including 23 suites and the unique Thubtim Siam Presidential Suite.  As service is the core of the whole operations, Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort is ranked in the gold list world?s best 700 hotels, resorts and cruise lines, with 100 percent of services by the travelers in the world famous Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

About the Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.  This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include UBS (Naming rights sponsor to the UBS Order of Merit and Official Financial Services Provider), Sofitel (Official Hotel), Srixon (Official Ball), Pin High (Official Apparel Partner) and ESPN Star Sports (Official Regional TV Broadcaster). Sentosa, Singapore?s premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.