09 October 2017

Four Years Title Drought Ended

Masaru Takahashi’s impressive final day performance delivered him a title he’s chased for four years. With one eagle and a solid eight birdies against two bogeys, the 30-year-old Japanese player scored 8-under (64) to claim a one-shot victory at the 2017 Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament at the Damai Indah Golf, BSD Course. Finishing the US$110,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event with a total of 19-under (269) he beat overnight leader Mardan Mamat of Singapore. 

Heading into the final round, Mamat held a three-shot advantage over Blake Snyder, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit, James Bryne, and Michael Bibat who were T2 after 54 holes. However, Takahashi managed to pull out a brilliant performance, coming level with the 49-year-old Singaporean veteran, then surpassing him by a stroke.

Mamat, who was one stroke behind after adding two birdies in his last three holes, still had the chance to force a playoff. Unfortunately, the five-time winner on the premier Asian Tour failed to secure a birdie when his 35-foot putt lipped out on the last hole.

“I played solidly today. Everything went well for me. I started really well. I had a chip-in for eagle from about 10 yards on the eighth hole. That gave me a lot of confidence heading into my back nine. I am really happy with this win. It has been a long time,” said Takahashi, as quoted by the ADT.

“I was quite nervous actually, waiting in the clubhouse for Mardan [Mamat] to finish. I was prepared for a playoff after he birdied 16 and 17. He played well and put up a good fight. I did my best and I am pleased with how I played,” added Takahashi.

Takahashi took home a cheque for US$19,250 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his win. Having managed to finish within the top-10 in five starts on the region’s secondary circuit this season, his win saw him take over the top spot on the Order of Merit. He also leads the money list with a current haul of US$36,410 while Thailand’s Pannakorn Uthaipas trails by about US$2,000 in second place.

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