05 April 2017
Indra's Wait is Over
Indra Hermawan was always dreaming that he would be a champion again someday. Indra claimed his first professional title back in 2011 and the road to his second has been long, yet somehow he never lost hope in his dream.
On February 24th Indra’s dedication paid off when he won his second title at the Permata Indonesian Golf Tour, beating George Gandranata by one stroke in the three-day event held at Modern Golf & Country Club.
Speaking about past experiences the 36-year-old said, “I was looking for a way to win the title. A few times I was able to lead the first two days, but then I failed in the final round. Thank God, this waiting is over.”
Starting the final round four strokes behind leader George Gandranata, Indra never thought he would able to beat George who had already been champion at Modern in the 2014 IGT tournament. George, who scored a 65 (7-under) on the second day was on fire and held the lead with a total of 10-under. So, when both were playing in the same group on the final day, Indra just applied his own strategy to try to steal victory.
"Throughout the 18 holes, I tried to play defensively. I was trying to take the opportunity when George made a mistake. Apparently, it was coming at the final hole. I understand that George was a match for me. He was a tenacious player,” said Indra who turned pro in 2001.
After George made a series of bogeys, he and Indra were tied on 9-under before entering the final hole. On the 18th hole par 5, George looked to have the advantage. Indra made four strokes to get his ball on the green whilst George only needed three. George had a seemingly sinkable three-meter putt to win, but it stopped 25cm short.
When Indra sank his putt, George was left with one option: make par and force a playoff. It wasn’t to be, another miss was another bogey, and the victory was Indra’s.
Indra was aware of his lucky finish, remarking, “Actually, I felt sorry that George had to face that kind situation. I am also surprised that I could win today. It felt like when I won in 2011.”