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LIN SEALS THE DEAL AT BALLANTINE’S TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Taipei: Lin Wen-tang underlined his stature as Chinese Taipei’s top player by winning the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on Sunday.
Lin, who held a one stroke lead after the penultimate round, traded five birdies against one bogey and a double bogey to sign off with a two-under-par 70 for a four-day total of 10-under-par 278 at the North Bay Golf and Country Club.
Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Chia-jen battled tooth-and-nail before claiming his best career placing with a final round 70 for a 279 total at the US$90,000 Asian Development Tour tournament.
Chinese Taipei duo Hsu Mong-nan and Chen Chung-cheng took a share of third place alongside Korean T.J. Kim on 284 while Myanmar’s Zaw Moe finished a stroke back on 285.
Lin was delighted to produce a sublime chip in birdie from 20 yards on the sixth hole before saving par with another chip in on the 12th hole from 15 yards.
He was pushed to the brink by a battling Hsu, who was tied for the lead before carding a triple bogey on the 13th hole.
“Hsu is a young and good player and he made me scared,” said Lin, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour. “I knew the back nine would be important and when Hsu dropped shots on 13, I knew I had a good chance of winning.
“There is a bright future for Hsu and he will do well in the future. He will only get better with more experience,” said Lin, who bagged US$15,750 for his victory.
Despite his defeat, Hsu, a former Taiwan Amateur Open champion, was delighted to move into second place on the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit where the top-three will earn their Asian Tour card next season.
“It was my goal at the beginning of the tournament to improve my ranking on the Order of Merit (ADT) and I’m glad to finish second in this tournament. It was a great experience to play with Lin (Wen-tang) who is a great player. I hope that one day I can follow in his footsteps,” said the 29-year-old.
Moe, who has won once on the Asian Tour, was disappointed not to finish higher on the leader board after his round of five birdies against three bogeys and one double bogey.
“It has been a good five weeks for me and I feel my game is getting better every week. I’m going to take a week’s break and prepare for my next tournament in Singapore,” he said.