Suwannarut wins, Hend T10 at Indonesian Masters

Thailand’s Sarit Suwannarut secured his first Asian Tour golf title with a four-shot win at a weather-delayed Indonesian Masters on Sunday.

Suwannarut finished at 20-under-par at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club with India’s Anirban Lahiri second on 16-under, while Taiwan’s Chan Shih-chang and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell finished in a tie for third a shot further back.

The weather, which had caused numerous delays since the start of the tournament on Thursday, again played havoc during the final round when lightning stopped play at 1.09pm with Sarit having two holes left to play and with a comfortable five-shot lead. Play resumed at 2.30pm with the young Thai star able to par his way home to secure the victory.

“I think I almost cried coming down the 18th,” said Sarit.

“I just can’t put into words how I feel. I am just happy. I didn’t feel the pressure that much, I was just enjoying my game. I have just enjoyed the whole week.”

Sarit Suwannarut Sarit Suwannarut (Credit: Asian Tour)

The 24-year-old rising star bagged $US270,000 in prize money.

American Sihwan Kim wrapped up the Asian Tour Order of Merit title after finishing in a tie for 28th, while Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent secured the International Series Order of Merit, by finishing in equal 10th position, a result that gave the Zimbabwean golfer a ‘golden ticket’ to the LIV Golf League next season.

Vincent now has his card for the LIV Golf 14-tournament series, which has recently announced dates in Mexico, Spain, Singapore and Australia for next season, and he will line up with some of the biggest names in world golf including major winners Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Brooks Koepka.

Scott Hend finished the best of the Australians in a share of 10th position at 10-under-par, with Travis Smyth in a share of 17th position at 8-under-par. Daniel Fox rounded out the Aussies making the weekend to finish in a share of 53rd position.

Kevin Yuan and Sam Brazel missed the weekend.