China’s Wu Ashun won the Toshin Golf Tournament in Inabe, Mie Prefecture on Sunday, becoming his nation’s first champion on the JGTO Tour. The 27 year old beat Japan’s Yuta Ikeda on the fourth playoff hole. As the sun began to set and things got darker, the pair worked their way closer to the tee on the par-5 number 18 in the playoff. Wu eventually became the successor after he sank a birdie from six feet.
Ikeda managed to sink a 27-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole, but Wu managed to pull off the same from 13 feet, matching his opponent. Wu said that he was incredibly excited about his first championship win. He praised Ikeda as a first-rate golfer, and was incredibly impressed with his putt. But he says despite the pressure, he could clear his head and, with confidence, make his own.
Heavy rain delayed the final round for more than two hours, leaving poor light for the playoff. Ikeda said that you simply couldn’t see, but it was still the same situation for both golfers. Wu said the situation wasn’t that uncommon for him, having played on the Chinese tour before in the dark. The opponents each shot final-round 67s, while Ikeda shot a three-round total of 18-under 198.
[via Sports Network]