Rose crowns season with eight shot win in Indonesia
England’s Justin Rose has capped a sensational 2017 by signing off with a final round 10-under-par 62, to match his first round of the same score, to win the Indonesian Masters by eight strokes on Sunday.
The marathon week, where the Indonesian Masters was hit by multiple weather suspensions didn’t 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.
He got his round going with a birdie on the third hole before embarking on a stunning run of 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 Englishman 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.”
Justin Rose (Credit: Asian Tour)
“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.”
It was another second placed 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 S. Chikkarangappa meanwhile secured his Tour card at the expense of China’s Liu Yan-wei by taking the last 61st spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Australia’s Jake Higginbottom came to Indonesia on the bubble of the Top 60 and needed a solid result to save his Asian Tour card. He did just that with a top 10 finish and moved safely into 47th place with US$81,167.
Ashley Hall finished in 25th place after opening with 6-under 66 while Adam Blyth (T36), Scott Hend (T44), Terry Pilkadaris (T48), Lucas Herbert (T56) and Marcus Both (T66) rounded out the Aussie field to make the cut this week.
Scott Hend, who splits his time between the European and Asian Tours, finished as the leading Aussie on the Asian Tour Order Of Merit in 4th place with prize money totalling US$443,000.