Top-6 finish gives Cyr fighting chance in Merit battle #HoTramOpen

Sun 06 Dec 2015

Top-6 finish gives Cyr fighting chance in Merit battle #HoTramOpen

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Ho Tram, Vietnam, December 6: American Sam Cyr gave himself a fighting chance to keep his Asian Tour card for 2016 after enjoying a stunning final round of six-under-par 65 for tied sixth place at the Ho Tram Open on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who played under a sponsor’s invitation, fired seven birdies against one bogey to finish on 11-under-par 273 at the US$1.5 million event, which is the richest full Asian Tour tournament in 2015.
After losing his card last season , Cyr, who has been injured for much of this year, has relied on limited playing opportunities on the Asian Tour but took full advantage of his opportunity at the Ho Tram Open to claim his best finish of 2015.
A cheque of US$46,350 pushed him up to 68th position on the latest Order of Merit and he will need to make a final push over the next fortnight to break into the top-61 and secure his playing rights for 2016.
“I played really good but I didn’t manage super well. I’ve been striking it well all week but didn’t convert as many birdies as I would have liked. Today I made every birdie that I needed to make,” said Cyr.
“I was trying my best to finish inside the top-five to get into next week,” said Cyr, who will now play in a Monday qualifier for the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship next week.
“This result will give me a lifeline to save my card. If I can get into next week and into the Philippine Open then I might have an opportunity to sneak into the top-61 on the Order of Merit,” he added.
Cyr was proud with the way he performed at the Ho Tram Open as he suffered an injury earlier this year which forced him out of the game for close to five months.
“I got hurt for almost five months so I was out for a long time. I couldn’t swing for almost three and a half months. It has been tough in that regards. I got into a few tournaments on the Asian Tour but I was a little bit rusty.
“I popped my ribs and tore my intercostal muscle. I was fooling around with a friend at a golf tournament. I actually finished the tournament with quite a good score,” he explained.
“I played on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and had some good results so I felt like my game was coming around. I was fortunate to get into this week and played well. I’ve never taken such a long break in golf before,” said Cyr.