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Rose blossoms in Jakarta

England’s Justin Rose finished his 2017 season with a flourish by carding a final round 10-under-par 62 to win the Indonesian Masters by eight shots.

The marathon week saw multiple weather suspensions at the Asian Tour’s season-ender but that did not faze the World No 6. After completing 10 holes from his third round in the morning, Rose was back at the starting tee in 30 minutes. He 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 Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

Rose’s lead was never threatened and he surged further ahead with three birdies in his next four holes after making the turn in 29. The 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist dropped a shot on 16 but delighted the crowd with a birdie on 18 for a winning total of 29-under-par 259, the lowest 72-hole score on the Asian Tour in 2017.

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.

“This is my last event of the season, so 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,” said Rose, who is the second Englishmen to win the Indonesian Masters after three-time champion Lee Westwood (2011, 2012, 2015).

“To come here with my game in good shape, have to deal with bad weather and jetlag and stay focused in all four rounds, is something that I am really pleased about. I have had a dream week and I have played incredible golf,” he added.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Gavin Green was officially crowned as the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner despite missing the cut. Green finished with a season haul of US$585,813, more than US$120,000 ahead of American David Lipsky, to become the first player from his country to top the season-long money race.

India’s S. Chikkarangappa meanwhile secured his Tour card at the expenses of China’s Liu Yan-wei by taking the last 61st spot on the Order of Merit.

Results (Top 10 and ties)

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.


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