Singapore, November 14: Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the long-delayed Barclays Singapore Open, edging Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan with a birdie on the second play-off hole.
Both players had finished the weather-shortened US$6 million championship tied on 14-under-par 199 on Sunday after the third and final round at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course. They hit their second shots onto the fairways on the first playoff hole when torrential rains and lighting struck again forcing play to be abandoned.
When play finally resumed this morning at the par five 18th hole, it was the Spaniard who triumphed with an eight-foot birdie at the second extra hole. Pagunsan had earlier missed a birdie from seven feet at the first playoff hole.
“It was very close. I thought I was going to make my first putt (on the first play-off hole),” said Pagunsan, whose lone Asian Tour victory was in 2007.
On the second play-off hole, Pagunsan missed his birdie putt from around 12 feet while Fernandez-Castano reeled in his to end his three-year title drought.
“I read the putt really good and hit my putt really good but the ball did not break much when it was close to the hole it went straight when it was supposed to turn left,” said Pagunsan.
For Fernandez-Castano, it was a welcome relief, having squandered a four-shot lead heading into the final round.
“It has been a great relief, especially the way I played yesterday, having a four-shot lead and spoiling it all. It has been a tough year and I got a monkey off my back. It has been three years without a victory and it means a lot to me,” said Fernandez-Castano.
199 – Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTANO (ESP) 66-61-72, Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 66-66-67.
200 – Anthony KIM (USA) 70-66-64, Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 72-63-65.
201 – Joost LUITEN (NED) 69-65-67, Danny LEE (NZL) 68-65-68, Edoardo MOLINARI (ITA) 62-68-71.
202 – James MORRISON (ENG) 62-68-72.
203 – Tjaart VAN DER WALT (RSA) 71-65-67, Justin ROSE (ENG) 69-65-69.
204 – Steve WEBSTER (ENG) 69-69-66, Anders HANSEN (DEN) 69-64-71.
205 – Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 65-72-68, Himmat RAI (IND) 70-69-66, Shane LOWRY (IRL) 67-70-68, Rikard KARLBERG (SWE) 67-69-69, Graeme MCDOWELL (NIR) 68-71-66, Richie RAMSAY (SCO) 69-65-71.
206 – Miguel Angel JIMENEZ (ESP) 73-65-68, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 75-63-68, David HORSEY (ENG) 69-69-68, Angelo QUE (PHI) 71-68-67.
207 – Ernie ELS (RSA) 72-66-69, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 70-68-69, MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 70-67-70, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 72-64-71, Scott BARR (AUS) 68-71-68, Y.E. YANG (KOR) 63-71-73, Fredrik ANDERSSON HED (SWE) 68-66-73, Rick KULACZ (AUS) 70-69-68, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 69-70-68, Michael HOEY (NIR) 67-66-74.
208 – Phil MICKELSON (USA) 71-67-70, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 66-72-70