06 February 2019
The Highs and Lows
The BNI Indonesian Masters presented a few interesting stories. In addition to Poom Saksansin winning his second Indonesian Masters title, Thai trio Jazz Janewattananond, Panuphol Pittayarat, and Thitiphun Chuayprakong, along with Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, experienced their best results in Jakarta. Meanwhile, some of the other players were having a bad day:
- Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand experienced his best result at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Jazz, who started the final round six shots back of Poom in third place, went on an amazing run by storming out in 32 to finish second on the leaderboard. It was his seventh top-10 on the Asian Tour this season. He fired six birdies and two eagles against two bogeys.
- Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat, who won his National open in June and the Indonesian Open last year, claimed his third top-10 result of the season by finishing third with a bogey-free final round 66 at the US$750,000 event.
- Completing the hat trick for Thailand, Thitiphun Chuayprakong made a long jump - scoring 64 (8-under par), his second-lowest score at the event - into fifth place with a total of 13-under.
- Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, who has only made the cut once in five previous attempts at the Indonesian Masters, finally wrapped up his year in spectacular fashion by signing off with a 62 to finish tied ninth.
- England’s Justin Rose, who was predicted to be able to defend the title, didn’t bring his “A” game for his second visit to Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Starting the final round 7-shots back of the leader Poom, Rose posted a disappointing 75 to finish T-17 with a total of 6-under.
- A week after claiming the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings title, Shubankar Sharma failed to follow in the footsteps of his countryman Anirban Lahiri at the BNI Indonesian Masters. The 22-year-old Indian failed to reach the even-par cutline after scoring 76 and 72.