Carballo celebrates thrilling play-off victory at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic

Sat 25 Aug 2018

Carballo celebrates thrilling play-off victory at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic

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Jakarta, August 25: Miguel Carballo of Argentina secured his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in style after prevailing in an epic play-off battle that stretched over seven holes at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Carballo, playing in his first year in Asia after coming through the Qualifying School in January, overturned a six-shot deficit by carding eight birdies against no bogey for a closing eight-under-par 64 at the BSD Course by Damai Indah Golf.

Young guns Amir Nazrin of Malaysia and Poom Pattaropong of Thailand returned with respective rounds of 65 and 68 to force the sudden-death play-off with Carballo after the trio was tied on 16-under-par 272 total in regulation play at the US$110,000 ADT event.

The play-off battle was held on the par-five 18th hole where the 21-year-old Amir was eliminated on the first extra hole after he hit a wayward tee shot into the water hazard which resulted in a par while Carballo and Poom birdied.

The remaining duo then went head to head in what has become the longest play-off battle on the ADT since the secondary circuit was inaugurated in 2010. The lengthy play-off would also match the record which was set on the premier Asian Tour in 2001.

The pair settled for par on the second extra hole and birdied their next three attempts before officials decided to change the format of play where the duo will hit from 150 metres starting from the sixth play-off hole.

Both Carballo and Poom found the cup in three shots and were forced to return to where they hit from 150 metres for the record seventh play-off hole where Carballo eventually triumphed after tapping in his third shot while Poom missed his 10-footer.

Carballo, who missed only one green in regulation in his closing 64, became the first Argentinean to win on the ADT following his breakthrough victory. He takes home a winner’s prize purse of US$19,250 and receives six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

“I am very happy. I came close a lot of times this year and I am glad I finally did it. I guess the experiences from the last few near-misses have helped,” said Carballo, who has enjoyed two top-five finishes on the Asian Tour in China and India this season.

“To be honest, I was very nervous especially on the first few play-off holes. But I managed to stay composed after that. I wasn’t feeling tired. I was just getting a massive adrenaline rush which kept me going out there. Poom and Amir played really well too,” he added.

The victory has propelled him into the driver’s seat on the Order of Merit, where he now leads with a current haul of US$36,011, courtesy of one victory and six top-10 finishes.

Poom, playing in his first year as a professional, took pride in his runner-up finish, which marked his best result on the ADT this season. He had closed with three straight birdies to force his way into the play-off.

“I think I learned a lot this week, especially from Miguel (Carballo). I didn’t expect this outcome to be honest. My previous best result on the ADT was a tied-13th place finish so I am really happy with the way I played,” said the 23-year-old Thai, who graduated from the James Madison University in Virginia last December.

Amir will also take the positives from this week after signing for his best round this season with a 65, thanks to two eagles and three birdies.

“It feels good to get my game back on track this week. This is my best result on the ADT. My course management and my mental game are better, compared to the last few weeks. I hope to continue this good momentum into the upcoming events,” said the young Malaysian.

Overnight leader David Gleeson of Australia posted a 71 to settle one shot back in fourth place alongside Indonesia’s Danny Masrin (68), Thai duo Suttijet Kooratanapisan (64) and Nirun Sae-Ueng (66) in what is the fifth edition of the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic.

Masrin earned a coveted spot at the 2019 Panasonic Open Japan for the second straight year by virtue of being the best-placed Indonesian in the popular ADT event. He teed up at the 2018 Panasonic Open Japan earlier in April after emerging as the leading Indonesian following a tied-19th place finish last year.

For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.

Leading final round scores:

272 - Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 68 68 72 64, Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 72 67 68 65, Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 72 68 64 68

273 - Suttijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 71 72 66 64, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 68 68 71 66, Danny MASRIN (INA) 75 63 67 68, David GLEESON (AUS) 66 68 68 71

274 - Sam GILLIS (USA) 69 69 66 70

275 - Janne KASKE (FIN) 74 68 69 64, Josh SALAH (USA) 72 68 66 69, Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 70 67 66 72

276 - Indra HERMAWAN (INA) 69 66 72 69, Arie Irawan (MAS) 70 68 69 69, Phanuvich ONCHU (THA) 66 72 69 69, Han LEE (USA) 70 68 68 70

277 - Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 67 69 73 68, Brett MUNSON (USA) 70 72 66 69, Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 69 65 71 72

278 - Sorachut HANSAPIBAN (THA) 71 66 71 70, Erwan VIEILLEDENT (FRA) 70 70 68 70, Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 75 63 69 71, Samarth DWIVEDI (IND) 69 69 69 71

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About Panasonic

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About Damai Indah Golf, BSD Course

Recognized as one of the finest courses which Jack Nicklaus ever designed, Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) Course. This award-winning course features the “Spirit of the Hills” with lush tropical landscaping, green rolling hills and many enormous and yet challenging bunkers.

Operated since 1992, The BSD Course was designed to offer an enjoyable mental challenge within a visually appearing setting with every hole positioned within beautifully landscape settings and it’s playable for every type of golfers, whether a high or low handicapper. As Jack Nicklaus’ maiden project in Indonesia, he ensured this remarkable 6,545 meter, par 72 course incorporated many of his personal favorite features from some of the world’s top courses. The BSD Course is undisputable one of the best the world has to offer.

Found alongside the Cisadane River and within the Serpong Valley, the course is located in the outskirt of Jakarta, around 32 km or 45 minutes from the SCBD part of down-town, and can be accessed from Jakarta–Meraktoll road and outer ring road.

Damai Indah Golf, Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) Course is the home of many international tournament, such as Indonesia President Invitational 2007 and 2009, Indonesia PGA Championship 2014.

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading seven players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.