Korea’s Sanghyun Park renewed his love affair with the GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship by winning the long-standing event again with a par at the third play-off hole on Sunday.
Park, who won the event in 2016, had to go the extra distance to lift his sixth professional title after he carded an even-par-71 in the final round to force his way into a play-off with compatriots Yikeun Chang, Junggon Hwang and India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar.
“I’m so pleased with my victory today,” Park said. “It was a hard fought one especially against so many good players.
“I was feeling confident ahead of the play-off as I was in a similar situation before in 2016 when I won. I thought I could have won it in the first play-off hole when I had a makeable birdie putt but it took me another two more holes to get the job done.”
Bhullar threatened to break the dominance of the Koreans at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship, which has not welcomed a foreign winner since American Mark Calcavecchia emerged victorious in 2004.
The Indian, who had earlier compiled a four-day total of one-under-par 283, was however the first player to bow out from the four-man play-off at the first hole.
He conceded the hole after he knew his best effort could only be a bogey while the Koreans had easy par putt chances. Hwang was next to fall out of contention after he carded a bogey while Park and Chang birdied.
Victory soon belonged to Park when Chang was left with an uphill task to sink a 15-foor par putt, which he missed while Park made no mistake of his from inside 10 feet at the Namseoul Country Club.
Jake Higginbottom was the highest finished Australian, collecting a share of 55th. Scott Hend (T64) and Terry Pilkadaris (T66) followed close behind.