Song awakens to victory #SingOpen

Mon 01 Feb 2016

Song awakens to victory #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, February 1: Korea’s Younghan Song survived a ‘crazy’ sleepless night by fending off the spirited challenge of world number one Jordan Spieth to win the US$1 million SMBC Singapore Open by one-shot on Monday.
Younghan Song of Korea Younghan Song of Korea
Inclement weather had caused multiple delays during the week, forcing the Singapore showpiece into a Monday finish at the Sentosa Golf Club.
Song was left to ponder about his crucial par save on 16 overnight as his charge towards the prestigious title was halted there when the sirens blew to signal the suspension of play on Sunday afternoon.
“That one night felt like a week! It was crazy. I couldn’t sleep and I was constantly thinking about putting throughout the night,” said Song.
The Korean bravely holed his putt when play resumed at 7.30am before going on to close his finishing two holes with pars and sign off with a one-under-par 70.
Song’s winning total of 12-under-par 272 was also just enough to pip Spieth to the title and avoid a potential play-off with the Texan, who had earlier sank a tricky birdie putt on 18.
“I read the line well on 16 and just maintained my composure on 17 and 18. I knew the title was for me to lose as long as I don’t make any silly mistakes.
“Looking back, I think the suspension helped as the winds were starting to blow hard yesterday and that might have made a difference,” said Song.
SINGAPORE_010216_JORDAN_SPIETH_031 Jordan Spieth of the United States
Spieth did not disappoint the early morning crowd when he sunk his birdie putt on 18 to pile the pressure on Song, who still had two holes left to play.
However, he left it a little too late as it was not enough to get him into a sudden-death shootout with the Korean, who would cling onto his slender advantage to eventually win.
“I went to the putting green to practice early in the morning as I knew I had to get that birdie to force a play-off.
“It was nerve-racking and I was happy I managed to stroke the ball well and it went in. I made some poor decisions in the middle two rounds as I was trying to do a little too much. But overall, it has been a great experience and I had a really good time here,” said Spieth.
China’s Liang Wen-chong finished in outright third place after a 69 while Philippines’ Miguel Tabeuna shared fourth place with Japan’s Shintaro Kobayashi on 275 total.
“This is my first ever Monday finish. It has been a really long week. It was tiring, mentally and physically. But I’m happy with my results. It’s a great start to the season.
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
“I know I am capable of doing good things, especially finishing so close to the world number one,” said Tabuena.
Ends.
Leading Scores after round 4 of the SMBC Singapore Open being played at the par 71, 7398 Yards Sentosa GC course (am - denotes amateur):
272 - Younghan SONG (KOR) 70-63-69-70.
273 - Jordan SPIETH (USA) 67-70-70-66.
274 - LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 71-67-67-69.
275 - Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 69-67-71-68, Shintaro KOBAYASHI (JPN) 66-69-69-71.
276 - Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 73-67-67-69, Hideto TANIHARA (JPN) 68-67-71-70.
277 - LEE Won-joon (AUS) 71-69-67-70, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 69-70-71-67, Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-67-70-69.
278 - Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 70-70-70-68, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 72-67-70-69, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 70-73-68-67.
279 - Yoshinori FUJIMOTO (JPN) 74-68-68-69, Richard T. LEE (CAN) 70-72-71-66, Berry HENSON (USA) 66-73-69-71, Jinho CHOI (KOR) 69-69-70-71.
280 - Akio SADAKATA (JPN) 70-71-66-73, Paul PETERSON (USA) 68-70-70-72, Keith HORNE (RSA) 66-68-74-72.
281 - Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 70-70-74-67, Ippei KOIKE (JPN) 71-71-71-68.
282 - Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 72-68-70-72, Yuta IKEDA (JPN) 70-69-71-72, Himmat RAI (IND) 70-69-73-70, Niall TURNER (IRL) 70-72-72-68, Sanghyun PARK (KOR) 70-69-72-71.
283 - Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 70-71-72-70, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 73-68-71-71, Yusaku MIYAZATO (JPN) 71-68-71-73, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 70-72-69-72, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 69-73-71-70, Satoshi KODAIRA (JPN) 72-67-73-71.
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