A nine-foot birdie putt on the final hole secured victory at home for Taiwan’s Lu Wei-chih in the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship yesterday.
Lu posted a final round three-under 69 for a four-day total of five-under 283 to win his second Asian Tour title — after a six-year wait.
His victory denied compatriot Lu Wen-teh the opportunity to become the second-oldest winner in the history of the Asian Tour at 48 years and 225 days. Lu Wen-teh closed with a 73 to take second place on 284, while Mars Pucay of the Philippines signed off with a 74 to take third place.
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Australia’s Adam Groom posted a 72 to share fourth place with Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang and Kao Shang-hung on 287. Starting the day five shots off the lead, Lu Wei-chih made his move quickly with a flawless outward-nine that was highlighted by birdies on holes one, four and nine.
He reached the turn in 33 and continued the momentum with another birdie on the par-five 10th at the Linkou International Golf Club in New Taipei City. It then turned into a battle of youth versus experience as Lu Wei-chih and Lu Wen-teh went head-to-head right up till the 18th hole.
“The winning feeling is second to none and it’s even sweeter when you win at home,” Lu Wei-chih said. “That birdie on the last hole was exceptionally crucial. I knew that it was not over as [Lu] Wen-teh still had a chance to force a playoff with two more holes to play, but as he could only manage pars, I’m happy that I won.”
Lu Wen-teh, 16 years older than Lu Wei-chih, was gracious in defeat.
“[Lu] Wei-chih is a deserving winner and I want to congratulate him. When the putts just couldn’t drop for birdies on the last two holes, I knew that I’ll have to wait for another week to have a shot at winning again,” he said.
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