Wang goes back-to-back at Mauritius Open
Korean sensation Jeunghun Wang continued his hot streak by claiming his maiden Asian Tour title at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Sunday, a week after securing his breakthrough victory in Europe.
The 20-year-old Wang took advantage of overnight leader and Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman’s late collapse by sinking a crucial birdie on the last to close with an even-par 72 and win by one shot on six-under-par 282 total at the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita.
Jeunghun Wang (Credit: Asian Tour)
Siddikur, who led by one at the start of the day, looked very much in control until a double-bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17 saw him sign for a disappointing 74 to take second place at the €1 million (approximately US$1.09 million) event.
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Argentine Estanislao Goya shared third place on 288 following respective rounds of 75 and 71 at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, which is the first tri-sanctioned event by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tours.
Wang was overwhelmed with joy following his remarkable victory.
“I can’t believe that I’ve won two weeks in a row. I’m so excited right now and really happy that I have won. I wasn’t even thinking about winning this week until the 16th. I missed a lot of putts so I thought I didn’t have any chance,” said the young Korean.
Wang took home the winner’s prize purse of US$189,841 which moved him up to second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Siddikur was disappointed with his late wobble but took consolation for capping what was his best result so far this season and to give himself a fighting chance to qualify for the Olympic Games this August.
Australia’s Andrew Dodt had to settle for outright 5th place after leading for the first two rounds of the tournament.
Asian Tour veteran Terry Pilkadaris and Jason Scrivener tied for 7th which gave the Western Australian his second consecutive top ten.
Scott Hend was once again in the hunt but collapsed late on Sunday throwing away seven shots over his last six holes to drop in to equal 12th.