Week 37: Park Jumps to World No.127
September 17, 2018
KPGA Korean and Asian Tour
Sanghyun Park of Korea stamped his authority as he shot a magnificent eight-under-par 63 to claim a wire-to-wire victory at the KR₩1,200,000,000 (approximately US$1,000,000) 34th Shinhan Donghae Open on Sundaymoving to World No.126.
The 35-year-old Park won his second Asian Tour title following his dominant five-shot triumph at the Bear's Best Cheongna Golf Club in Incheon, Korea.
Park started the final round with a slim one-shot lead, but he pulled away from the rest of the field after scoring six birdies on his front nine. Even with a five-shot lead at the turn, Park continued to dictate proceedings as he marked another two birdies on his scorecard before signing for 22-under-par 262 total.
The Korean set a new tournament record for the lowest winning gross score. Jiman Kang and Gaganjeet Bhullar, champions in 2006 and 2016 respectively, jointly held the previous record of 269.
Park also beat the record for lowest winning to-par score of 19-under-par, set by Kang.
Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent posted his eighth top-10 finish on the Asian Tour this season after a carding a 66 to land in lone second place.
He crept up to Park towards the end of the round after sinking three consecutive birdies from holes 13 to 15, but his tournament unravelled after his approach at the 16th found the water, resulting in a double bogey.
European Tour – KLM Open
Wu Ashun birdied the last to overcome Chris Wood in a thrilling final day battle and win his third European Tour title at the KLM Open moving from World No.344 to World No. 170.
The Chinese entered round four at The Dutch one shot behind Wood and after briefly edging ahead in the early stages, spent most of the day playing catch up at The Dutch before birdies on the 14th and 15th moved him level at 15 under.
A stunning second into the par five last set up the closing birdie in a 67 and with Wood making a par, Wu claimed his first win since the 2016 Lyoness Open powered by Sporthilfe Cashback Card.
Wood's closing 69 left the Englishman one shot clear of Belgian Thomas Detry and Japan's Hideto Tanihara, with three-time Major Championship winner Padraig Harrington at 13 under.
Wu's third win makes him the most successful Chinese player in European Tour history and represents an excellent return to form after he needed the Access List to keep his playing privileges last season.
Challenge Tour - Kazakhstan Open
Liam Johnston fought off a packed leaderboard and emerged victorious at one of the European Challenge Tour's most lucrative events, the Kazakhstan Open presented by ERG earning 13 ranking points moving to World No.230.
The Scot began the final round one shot back of leader Sean Crocker and bogeyed his opening hole to fall further behind. But in keeping with the pattern that had emerged throughout the tournament, he maintained his composure and was able to respond immediately.
“All week there were several times where I made bogey and then I bounced back with a birdie or two birdies, and this was just one of those weeks,” he said. “When it's your week these things happen, but that birdie on the second hole got me settled into the round, especially with the par five coming up, it just confirmed to me that ‘yeah, I am playing well, and I just need to keep on doing what I'm doing.'”
At one point in the final round, six different players co-led the Kazakhstan Open presented by ERG, but Johnston pulled ahead with some impressive shot-making.