TAIPEI: Australian Jason Dawes won the Acer Taiwan Open yesterday by a comfortable eight strokes over India’s Jeev Milkha Singh for his maiden Asian PGA Tour triumph.
The 30-year-old Dawes carded a final round one-over 73 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club to finish on four-under 284 and was the only player to break par in the tournament, which was marred by strong winds throughout the week.
His triumph was worth US$50,000 and secured his place in the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok next month.
Jeev Milkha, the first round leader, shot the day’s best round of 70 to finish second on 292. Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang was a further three strokes back in third place after a closing 74 while South African Hendrik Buhrmann finished fourth after a 72.
The week’s tournament drawcard, Justin Rose of England, settled for tied 14th position – a final round 77 saw him post a four-day total of 301, some 17 strokes behind the champion.
Taiwanese amateur Lo Shih-kai, who made history on Saturday by becoming the youngest player to make the cut on the Asian PGA Tour at the age of 14, was disqualified after he incorrectly signed a wrong score in his final round.
Leading final round scores (Taiwan unless stated)
284: Jason Dawes (Aus) 68-70-73-73; 292: Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 65-80-77-70; 295: Lin Wen-tang 69-77-75-74; 296: Hendrik Buhrmann (Rsa) 68-76-80-72; 297: Simon Yates (Sco) 72-72-72-81; 298: Kim Felton (Aus) 70-77-78-73, Pat Giles (Aus) 68-74-76-80, Chen Chung-cheng 70-70-80-78; 299: Stephen Lindskog (Swe) 73-76-75-75, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 71-76-79-73, Chang Tse-peng 75-72-78-74, Wang Ter-chang 70-73-78-78; 300: Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 74-73-77-76; 301: Justin Rose (Eng) 70-79-75-77, David Gleeson (Aus) 72-78-74-77, Scott Taylor (US) 69-81-75-76, Andrew Pitts (US) 74-75-74-78; 302: Dong Yi (Kor) 74-73-80-75; 303: Adam Le Vesconte (Aus) 75-78-75-75; 304: Vijay Kumar (Ind) 71-81-78-74; 305: Amandeep Johl (Ind) 69-81-77-78, Chen Jung-hsin 72-78-79-76; 307: Anthony Kang (Kor) 71-76-79-81, Su Chin-jung 70-76-81-80, Glenn Joyner (Aus) 75-79-77-76, Chris Williams (Rsa) 72-74-87-74; 308: Danny Zarate (Phi) 71-80-78-79, Hsu Mong-nan 73-77-80-78, Lee Lien-fu 71-78-79-80, Kao Bo-song 67-84-79-78. – AFP