Sunday, September 30, 2012


Taipei: Tsai Chi-huang of Chinese Taipei won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters for the second time in his career despite a final round of four-over-par 76 today.
Tsai started the day with a six-shot lead, courtesy of a 65 in the third round, and preserved his advantage as he defeated closest rival Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines, who shot a 73, by four shots with a winning total of four-under-par 284 at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
Rookie David Lipsky of the United States, who won his first Asian Tour title earlier this year, shot a 67, the best score of the day, to tie with Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei (71) in third place at the US$600,000 Asian Tour event.
Tsai endured a sleepless night as he had doubts of winning the tournament. With only a three-hour night’s rest, he struggled early in the round as he was four-over after 15 holes but gained some momentum when he sank a huge 30-foot birdie putt on 16.
“Honestly I couldn’t sleep last night. I was wondering if I could make it to the end. I felt like I was still sleeping when I was on the first tee box. It was only when I finished 18 holes that I knew my dream had come true,” smiled Tsai, who won US$120,000 for his victory.
“The wind was blowing all over the place and I wasn’t the only one who was struggling. I guess I’m quite lucky to have won this,” added the 44-year-old, who also won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2002.

Par 288 (4x72) Yardage 6,923
284 TSAI Chi-huang (TPE) 74-69-65-76.
288 Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 70-73-72-73.
289 David LIPSKY (USA) 72-74-76-67, CHAN Yih-shin (TPE) 74-74-70-71.
290 Danny CHIA (MAS) 72-72-72-74.
291 SUNG Mao-chang (TPE) 72-75-75-69, Angelo QUE (PHI) 70-75-75-71.
292 BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 70-73-71-78.
293 Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 73-77-73-70, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 73-72-77-71, LU Chien-soon (TPE) 77-70-75-71, Sam CYR (USA) 73-76-72-72, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 75-74-68-76.
294 Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 72-78-75-69, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 73-76-74-71, WANG Ter-chang (TPE) 73-76-72-73, WANG Shih-jui (TPE) 70-73-77-74.
295 Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA) 73-72-77-73, LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 71-73-77-74,  SIDDIKUR (BAN) 72-72-73-78.




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