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Taiwan's Lin shoots six-under final round to win Brunei Open

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN , AFP

Taiwan's Lin Wen-tang poses with the Brunei Open trophy after winning the Asian Tour event with a 15-under 269 at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, yesterday.

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Taiwan's Lin Wen-tang overcame a six-shot deficit yesterday to win the Brunei Open, as Australia's Adam Le Vesconte crumbled in the final round.

Lin carded a stunning six-under 65 in the final round at the Empire Hotel and Country Club to claim his second Asian Tour title by two strokes from Le Vesconte, who finished the round with a 73.

Tony Lascuna of the Philippines ended a fine fortnight with his second top-three finish in a row, sharing third place with Taiwanese veteran Lu Wen-teh and Australian Scott Barr, three strokes behind the winner.

Lin made six birdies on the day against no bogeys to finish the tournament with a 15-under-269.

"The winning feeling is simply wonderful. I started the day six behind the leader but I did not have a specific game plan. I told myself that every shot that I hit had to be a very good one," Lin said. "I knew that I was closing in on the leader and I was feeling very nervous but I told myself to stay focused and maintain my composure."

Le Vesconte fell into a tie with Lin on the 10th hole with a bogey. Two holes later, the 33-year-old Lin drained a 3m putt for birdie to take the lead for the first time.

On the 17th, he made a crucial par to hold off his rivals.

"The par save was very important and I just managed to roll that in. That was an important hole in this tournament," said Lin, who qualified for the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, China, in November.

Le Vesconte had held at least a share of the lead since the opening round and was clearly disappointed with his finish.

"I kept making silly bogeys. The putter wasn't good today. I missed a few putts from three or four feet [1m] which I haven't done all week. It just wasn't to be," he said.

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