08 December 2019
New King Of National Match Play
Danny Masrin finally took the crown, and along with it some self-redemption, at the Credit Suisse Match Play Championship. The 27-year-old reached the final and won the title with a convincing score.
Defeating Adrian Halimi 5&4 in the final match play on 11 October, Danny Masrin capped off his domination that span from the first round of the Credit Suisse Match Play Championship 2019 supported by JMC. His path to the final was smooth and he faced little competition during the event, with only Syukrizal putting up any contest.
In the final, Danny was able to beat Adrian who was initially predicted to deliver a relentless resistance on the West Course at Gunung Geulis Golf. However, Adrian's stamina seemed to be drained after finishing eight holes of his semi-final match on Friday morning before competing with Danny in the afternoon finals.
"I am exhausted because my matches since the first round of the match play lasted almost 18 holes. In the semi-final today I played eight holes before meeting Danny in the afternoon," Adrian explained.
Meanwhile, Danny avenged himself for his failure at last year’s match play when he was defeated on the round of 32 by Ade Sebul who beat him by 1-up.
"I had evaluated myself after last year's failure. Playing match play is very different from stroke play. Therefore, I do not want to repeat the same mistake again," said Danny. “Since I was able to overcome Syukrizal in the last 16, I had high confidence until reaching the final. Facing Adrian, we already know each other's strengths. On the front nine, Adrian could match my game. Unfortunately, he failed to take advantage on a few holes. On the back nine, I was more confident. I got many points on the back nine since the round of 16 to the semi-finals. I took the opportunities, while Adrian’s game did not develop on the second nine.” added Danny, who took home a prize of IDR42 million.
The 2019 Credit Suisse Match Play Championship supported by JMC, provided a total purse of IDR200 million and was the second edition of the match play tournament for professionals since the first in 2018. The tournament had previously been running for amateurs for 15 years until 2017.