Wang secures maiden win in Europe

Mon 09 May 2016

Wang secures maiden win in Europe

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Sentosa, Singapore, May 9: Korean hotshot Jeunghun Wang enjoyed a career breakthrough victory when he defeated Nacho Elvira of Spain in the second play-off hole at the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday.
Jeunghun Wang of Korea (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Jeunghun Wang of Korea (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Wang, who was playing on a sponsor’s invitation, holed an 18-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole to close with a round of two-under-par 70 and force a play-off with Elvira as both tied on five-under-par 283 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
The 20-year-old Korean then holed a monstrous putt on the first play-off hole to match Elvira’s birdie before sinking a 20-footer for his third straight birdie on the par-five 18th hole which saw him clinch the title as the Spaniard parred.
Wang became the second Korean following compatriot Soomin Lee, who won the recent Shenzhen International, to triumph on the European Tour this season.
“I can’t remember the last three holes, I’m so excited right now that I don’t think I’m going to sleep much tonight! It’s an amazing feeling. I needed to make birdie after Nacho’s great shot in the play-off, and I hit quite a good shot in there but it was still a long putt,” said Wang.
“It was a similar putt to the one I holed on the 18th the first time, so I just hit it on the same line and luckily for me it went in. My hands were shaking so much, I could barely hold the putter. I’m so happy,” added Wang, placed sixth on the current Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Meanwhile at the Wells Fargo Championship in the United States, reigning Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India closed with a 75 to finish in tied-41st place on 290, 11 shots back of winner James Hahn of the United States.
Asian Tour honorary member and International Ambassador Ernie Els of South Africa settled four shots back of Lahiri in tied-69th position following a 73 at the Quail Hollow Club.
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