Korea’s Younghan Song fought off World No 1 Jordan Spieth to win the US$1 million SMBC Singapore Open by one shot in a Monday finish.
Inclement weather had caused multiple delays during the week, forcing the Singapore showpiece into a fifth day at Sentosa Golf Club. Song was left to ponder about his crucial par save on 16 overnight as his charge towards the prestigious title was halted there when the sirens blew to signal the suspension of play on Sunday.
“That one night felt like a week! It was crazy. I couldn’t sleep and I was constantly thinking about putting throughout the night,” said Song.
The Korean bravely holed his putt when play resumed at 7.30am before going on to close his finishing two holes with pars and sign off with a one-under-par 70.
Song’s winning total of 12-under-par 272 was also just enough to pip Spieth to the title and avoid a potential play-off with the Texan, who had earlier sunk a tricky birdie putt on 18.
“I read the line well on 16 and just maintained my composure on 17 and 18. I knew the title was for me to lose as long as I don’t make any silly mistakes.
“Looking back, I think the suspension helped as the winds were starting to blow hard yesterday and that might have made a difference,” said Song.
Spieth did not disappoint the early morning crowd when he sunk his birdie putt on 18 to pile the pressure on Song, who still had two holes left to play. However, he left it a little too late as it was not enough to get him into a sudden-death shootout with the Korean, who would cling onto his slender advantage to eventually win.
“I went to the putting green to practice early in the morning as I knew I had to get that birdie to force a play-off.
“It was nerve-racking and I was happy I managed to stroke the ball well and it went in. I made some poor decisions in the middle two rounds as I was trying to do a little too much. But overall, it has been a great experience and I had a really good time here,” said Spieth.
China’s Liang Wen-chong finished in outright third place after a 69 while Philippines’ Miguel Tabeuna shared fourth place with Japan’s Shintaro Kobayashi on 275 total.
Results (par 71)
272 – Younghan SONG (KOR) 70-63-69-70
273 – Jordan SPIETH (USA) 67-70-70-66
274 – LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 71-67-67-69
275 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 69-67-71-68, Shintaro KOBAYASHI (JPN) 66-69-69-71
276 – Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 73-67-67-69, Hideto TANIHARA (JPN) 68-67-71-70
277 – LEE Won-joon (AUS) 71-69-67-70, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 69-70-71-67, Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-67-70-69