Rose crowns year with sensational win at Indonesian Masters
Jakarta, December 17: England’s Justin Rose capped a sensational year by signing off with a final round 10-under-par 62 to win the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Sunday.
The marathon week, where the Indonesian Masters was hit by multiple weather suspensions did not faze the world number six. After completing 10 holes from his third round in the morning, Rose was back at the starting tee in 30 minutes.
The world number six got his round going with a birdie on the third hole before embarking on a stunning run with four birdies and an eagle starting from the par-four fifth at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Rose’s lead was never threatened when he surged further ahead with three birdies in his next four holes after making the turn in 29. The Olympic gold medalist dropped a shot on 16 but delighted the crowd at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club by closing with a birdie on 18 for a winning total of 29-under-par 259.
“It is my last event of the season, to finish the year on a good note and still have a couple of weeks to enjoy this win over Christmas and New Year is really nice too. It is the lowest winning ever score (-29) and to win by eight shots, all of that are huge positives. The largest winning margin for me in a tournament, to come here with my game in good shape, have the deal with bad weather and jetlag and stay focused on all four rounds, is something that I am really pleased about,” said Rose.
“I have had a dream week and I have played incredible golf. 21 under par is very god golf. Starting the week with a three-shot lead would have had to shoot 69 to win today so these guys chased me all the way to the finish, this tells you a lot about the strength of the field and all of them put forth great rounds. And a lot of them were stepping up when they needed to and performed well under pressure.”
It was another second-place finish for Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai at the Indonesian Masters after he signed for a flawless 65 while Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent closed with a 69 to take third place at the Asian Tour season-ending event.
India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu finished tied eighth after carding a five-under-par 67, while compatriot Shubhankar Sharma, who is sponsored by Take Solutions, DLF Golf & Country Club and Indorama Ventures Plc., carded a one-under-par 71 to finish tied 11th.
Pachara, who wasn’t expecting a second-place finish, said, “My plan for every tournament is just to play my own game and not to focus on my competitors. Today, I played really well. But Justin Rose simply played better and rightly won the tournament. I’m very happy with my performances in 2017. Hopefully in 2018, my dream of winning a tournament will come true.”
“It has been an amazing week. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience to play with all these amazing guys and players. I didn’t think I was going to come to this tournament in the first place, it was a last minute decision and I am so happy I did. MY wife asked me every single day last week to come here and she convinced me when I played well in Joburg last week so I am glad that I listened to her. Justin played some of the best golf I have ever seen. I haven’t got a win yet but I am knocking on the door and, I will just keep doing what I am doing and I am sure it will come soon,” said Vincent.
India’s S. Chikkarangappa, who is also sponsored by Take Solutions, meanwhile secured his Tour card at the expenses of China’s Liu Yan-wei by taking the last 61st spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“I spent two good solid days with Anirban in Ahmedabad before coming to Indonesia and we spoke about keeping positive. That helped a lot because I came out here to enjoy my golf game. That’s what I did on the first three days but I was a bit nervous in the final round because I knew I was on the borderline and I didn’t want it to slip out of my hands. It is very special to keep my Asian Tour card,” said Chikkarangappa.
“I was missing cuts after another after a fantastic year. Those things were not working and it was difficult for me to trust what I worked on. I was trying to make my cut. The card was in my mind in almost every event. This season has really made me learned more about my career and what can happen in a golf. I will carry this forward with me and take all these positive with me.”
Did you know?
- Justin Rose is the second Englishmen to win the Indonesian Masters after Lee Westwood.
- Rose is the fifth wire-to-wire winner on the Asian Tour this year
- Rose has never won by eight shots in his career. It is also the largest winning margin on the Asian Tour in 2017.
- The Englishman started and ended the week with a 62, which is the lowest finish by a winner on the Asian Tour this year.
- His winning total of 29-under-par 259 is the lowest 72-hole score on the Asian Tour in 2017.
- Phachara Khongwatmai started 2017 with a tied-second finish in Singapore and would end the year with a similar result.
- Scott Vincent earned his Asian Tour card by finishing sixth at Qualifying School in 2016.
- The Zimbabwean’s best result was a tied-second finish at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters. Scott Vincent finished tied-17th at the Indonesian Masters last year. He has enjoyed three top-five finishes but has yet to win on the Asian Tour.
- The Indonesian Masters was the third leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Japan – where Asian Tour players can earn a share of a lucrative bonus pool.
- The Indonesian Masters was the last event of the year on any main Tour worldwide with significant OWGR points.
Leading scores after round 4 of the Indonesian Masters being played at the par 72, 7359 Yards Royale Jakarta GC course (am – denotes amateur):
259 – Justin ROSE (ENG) 62-69-66-62.
267 – Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) 65-69-68-65.
269 – Scott VINCENT (ZIM) 67-65-68-69.
270 – Yusaku MIYAZATO (JPN) 67-67-67-69.
271 – Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 68-64-70-69.
272 – Younghan SONG (KOR) 67-69-70-66, Sihwan KIM (USA) 68-67-67-70.
274 – Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND) 72-68-67-67, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 67-70-71-66.
275 – Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 71-68-66-70.
276 – CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 68-71-68-69, Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 71-67-67-71.
277 – Danthai BOONMA (THA) 71-70-63-73, Hyunwoo RYU (KOR) 68-71-68-70, Daniel CHOPRA (SWE) 68-71-66-72, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 67-71-72-67.
278 – Bowen XIAO (CHN) 68-73-70-67, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 72-66-68-72, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 69-68-74-67.