South Korea's Choi Ho-sung takes Indonesia PGA Championship crown
South Korea's Choi Ho-sung survived a dramatic three-hour storm delay on the final hole at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship yesterday, to drain an eight-foot birdie putt for a fourth-round 67 and a two-stroke victory.
Choi finished the US$1-million tournament at 19 under, holding off a late challenge by Filipino Juvic Pagunsan (66), overnight leader Kaname Yokoo (70) of Japan and Korean youngster Song Young-han (68).
"I can't believe it," a beaming Choi said after sinking his final putt, as lightning illuminated the gloom around the Arnold Palmer-designed Emeralda Golf Club course. "I thought we might not be able to finish. I really didn't want to have to do it all over again tomorrow."
Choi pulled out of the season-opening Thailand Open a fortnight ago after the first round, unable to cope with the stifling heat and drenching humidity, but he coped much better under similar circumstances in Jakarta.
"I was better prepared," he said. "This time, I had enough towels and ice, and I used an umbrella around the course."
Song, 22, runner-up at last year's OneAsia Q-School, also birdied the last hole to cement his best finish in a professional tournament, sharing second place with Yokoo, who finished in similar style.
Augusta-bound Thaworn Wiratchant (68) of Thailand - the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion - guaranteed himself a good payday with a share of seventh place at 15 under, along with former OneAsia money list winners Scott Strange (71) of Australia and China's Liang Wenchong.