The season so far: Brilliant Both

Thu 14 Aug 2014

The season so far: Brilliant Both

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August 14: Marcus Both of Australia contemplated of walking away from the game he loved so much until he won the ICTSI Philippine Open.
It was too much to take for the Australian after losing his playing rights on the Asian Tour last year and missing out on a Tour card at Qualifying School by one shot.
But with the support from his family, Both rediscovered his self-confidence at the right time to emerge victorious at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club when he posted a two-under-par 70 for a winning total of six-under-par 282.
He was clearly overwhelmed by the victory and was almost reduced to tears after claiming his third Asian Tour title and ending a five-year title drought on the region’s premier Tour.
“It was an emotional year on and off the golf course after I lost my Tour card. I had to return to Qualifying School earlier this year and I missed the cut by one shot. It was so bad that I even thought of quitting the game,” said the 34-year-old Both, who won US$54,000.
“Words can’t describe how it feels from being an invite to a winner. I have to thank ICTSI and the Asian Tour for giving me the invite. To come away with the trophy is amazing. I’m a bit lost for words,” he added.
After turning in 34, Both needed to make a huge 20-foot birdie putt on 15 followed by a short birdie on 16 to take a three-shot lead. He admits he was lucky to hold on to victory after bogeying the last two holes.
“I didn’t let off in the last two holes. I gave it full commitments there. Strange things have happen in golf and I’ve seen people hole second shots on the last to win. You just have to hope that it doesn’t happen to you!
“I hit my putt on 15th a bit too hard but it went in! I gave it a bit more speed than what I had intended too. Then I hit one of my best swings (four iron) on 16 and the wind died when I needed it too. Those two holes gave me some momentum,” Both explained.
EurAsia Cup star Siddikur Rahman (69) of Bangladesh, Tour rookie Nathan Holman (70) of Australia, Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij (70) and home heroes Antonio Lascuna (70) and Jay Bayron (72) finished two shots back for tied second on 284.
Ends.