02 September 2019

Carballo Scores For Argentina

Sentosa, Singapore, September 2: In a country known more for its football and showcasing to the world the likes of Maradona and Messi, Argentina’s Miguel Carballo shifted the spotlight away from them to golf with his breakthrough win at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open.

Caarballo staged one of the golf’s finest comebacks by overturning a six-shot deficit to eventually win the National Open of Indonesia by three shots, which now stands as the largest margin of victory on the Asian Tour so far this season.

Not since 2007 has the Asian Tour welcomed an Argentinian winner when Angel Cabrera won the Singapore Open. 

But all that changed when Carballo announced his arrival into the winner’s circle with an assured performance at the Pondok Indah Golf Course that had all the hallmarks of grit, determination and belief on the final day.

“My focus was just to play good and try to go under-par. I felt it was possible and unfortunately for Naraajie, he did not play well and I capitalized on it. The game started to change on 13 when I made a birdie and he made a bogey there,” said Carballo.

The 40-year-old, who won the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit last year, hopes his win can inspire another new generation of golfers to emerge from Argentina, which he knows has a wealth of talent.

“Golf is starting to become popular in Argentina. Angel Cabrera won two Majors- The Masters and US Open and Roberto de Vicenzo won The Open a long time ago. We have very good players but there are not many golf tournaments in the country,” said Carballo.

The Argentinian has now set his sights on playing regularly on the Asian Tour now that he has a two-year winner’s exemption that came with his maiden Asian Tour win in Indonesia.

“My schedule’s going to change now that I’m a winner on the Asian Tour and I’ll most definitely be playing a lot over here now,” said Carballo, who moved to 17th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Despite missing out on another grandstand finish this season, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond continues to lead the Order of Merit standings. 

The Thai extended his lead over Australia’s Scott Hend by more than US$200,000 after finishing tied-sixth in Indonesia.

“I didn’t bring my A game at all and I didn’t have a good putting day Basically, I didn’t have any satisfying rounds so I can’t win. I’m just going to go back and work on my game

“Hendy is a good player and if he starts to turn his game on it will be a fun race so we’ll see whether he turns his game on or not,” said Jazz.

The Asian Tour heads to Chinese Taipei for the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) which will take place at the Linkou Golf and Country Club from September 5-8.

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