05 January 2018
The Last Man Standing
The Combiphar Players Championship was determined with a final battle: sudden death playoff. Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela survived the five-person playoff to win his maiden Asian Development Tour title.
Wolmer Murillo was surprised to find himself tied for the top position after making a birdie on the last hole of the Combiphar Players Championship. Finishing his round, the Venezuelan player thought he’d managed to secure second place in the US$100,000 event. Instead, it was on to a playoff.
“I didn’t even know I was going into a playoff. After I made the double bogey on 17, I thought I should try and birdie the last to grab the second place. I just kept it going out there and stuck to my own rhythm. I didn’t really feel way nervous. I just stayed focused and kept my composure,” said Murillo, as quoted by the Asian Development Tour.
The 36-year-old joined Chinese Taipei’s Wang Wei-Lun, South African Mathiam Keyser, American John Catlin, and William Harrold of England after they all tied on seven-under-par 277 in regulation play at the New Kuta Golf, Bali.
Playing on the par-four 9th, Catlin, Harrold, and Keyser all found their exit door after making bogeys. Meanwhile, Wang and Murillo continued to the second extra hole. Both made bogeys followed by pars on the third. Another par by Wang on the fourth extra hole gave Murillo chance to seal the deal: he defeated Wang with a six-foot birdie putt.
Murillo took home the winner’s prize purse of US$17,500 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The victory propelled him to 11th place on the ADT Order of Merit, which is led by Masaru Takahashi of Japan, who signed for a 70 and tied-sixth position to end his campaign.
Speaking after the event, Murillo added, “This win means everything to me. It’s my first win since coming to Asia in 2013. It took me more than four years to win. It’s really special because the ADT is where I began my career after moving to Asia. It has been a great week here in Bali.”
With this victory, Murillo became the first Venezuelan to win on the region’s secondary circuit, which was inaugurated in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.