Park proves unbeatable by winning the 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship
Seongnam, Korea, May 6: Korea’s Sanghyun Park renewed his love affair with the GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship by winning the long-standing event again with a birdie at the third play-off hole on Sunday.
Park, who won the event in 2016, had to go the extra distance to lift his sixth professional title after he carded an even-par-71 in the final round to force his way into a play-off with compatriots Yikeun Chang, Junggon Hwang and India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar.
Bhullar threatened to break the dominance of the Koreans at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship which has not welcomed a foreign winner since American Mark Calcavecchia emerged victorious in 2004.
The Indian, who had earlier compiled a four-day total of one-under-par 283, was however the first player to bow out from the four-man play-off at the first hole.
He conceded the hole after he knew his best effort could only be a bogey while the Koreans had easy par putt chances. Hwang was next to fall out of contention after he carded a bogey while Park and Chang birdied.
Victory soon belonged to Park when Chang was left with an uphill task to sink a 15-foor par putt which he missed while Park made no mistake of his from inside 10 feet at the Namseoul Country Club.
Did you know?
· Sanghyun Park became the fourth Korean player after K.T. Kim, Sangho Choi and Namshin Park to have won the GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship twice.
· When Park won the event in 2016, it was also in a play-off against compatriot Soomin Lee.
· Yikeun topped the class at the 2016 Asian Tour Qualifying School which was his very first attempt since turning professional
· He enjoyed a commendable 2017, regained his Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School, made his Major debut at The Open and missed only two cuts in 11 starts on the region’s premier Tour.
· Gaganjeet Bhullar is the first player to win eight titles on the Asian Tour before turning 30. He is also the youngest player to achieve the feat on the Asian Tour.
· He has won once in Korea at the Shinhan Donghae Open in 2016.
· Bhullar holds the same number of Asian Tour wins with countrymen Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa. They are the only three Indian players with the most number of wins on the Asian Tour.
· John Catlin has won two Asian Development Tour (ADT) titles but is still searching for his maiden Asian Tour win.
Leading Scores after round 4 of the The 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship being played at the par 71, 6451 Yards Nam Seoul CC course (am – denotes amateur):
283 – Sanghyun PARK (KOR) 71-70-71-71, Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 73-72-69-69, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 72-70-71-70, Junggon HWANG (KOR) 71-73-69-70.
*Park won with a birdie on the third play-off hole
284 – Dongmin KIM (am, KOR) 72-69-72-71, Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND) 67-71-74-72, Sanghee LEE (KOR) 73-71-68-72.
285 – John CATLIN (USA) 72-72-71-70.
286 – Dongseop MAENG (KOR) 70-71-75-70, Seungbo JANG (am, KOR) 71-72-71-72, Dongha LEE 562 (KOR) 68-68-75-75.
287 – Hyunwoo RYU (KOR) 70-74-73-70, J.B. PARK (KOR) 68-74-74-71, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 69-70-74-74, Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) 71-72-70-74.
288 – K.T. KIM (KOR) 72-70-74-72, Soonsang HONG (KOR) 74-71-71-72, Giwhan KIM (KOR) 71-72-72-73, Heungchol JOO (KOR) 68-70-75-75.
289 – Jinho CHOI (KOR) 71-75-73-70, Seungtaek LEE (KOR) 73-70-75-71, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 76-71-70-72, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 73-71-72-73, Minchel CHOI (KOR) 74-70-72-73, Kyungnam KANG (KOR) 73-71-71-74.
290 – Younghan SONG (KOR) 70-73-76-71, Changwon HAN (KOR) 74-73-72-71, Junsung KIM (KOR) 71-73-77-69.
291 – Y. E. YANG (KOR) 71-76-73-71, Sunghyun OH (am, KOR) 71-71-76-73, Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 72-73-73-73, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 69-72-74-76.