Argentina’s Miguel Carballo mounted one of his career’s biggest comebacks by overturning a six-shot deficit to win the Bank BRI Indonesia Open on Sunday.
Carballo, who topped the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit last year, found himself in a similar position on the leaderboard when he closed with a flawless five-under-par 67 to clinch his maiden Asian Tour title by three shots over Korea’s Yikuen Chang with his winning total of 17-under-par 271 at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.
The Argentinian is the ninth player on the ADT to go on to win on the Asian Tour and his three-shot victory is the largest margin on the Asian Tour so far this season.
Carballo stormed off the blocks quickly with an opening birdie before adding two more birdies on holes 4 and 6 to his card.
After making the turn in 33, he birdied again on the 10th before an audacious 30-foot putt from the edge of the green on 13 saw him make another birdie which gave him the outright lead after overnight leader Naraajie Emerald Ramadhan Putra of Indonesia three-putted for a bogey there.
“I’m very happy and this has been a fantastic week … Unfortunately for Naraajie, he did not play well and I capitalised on it.” – Miguel Carballo
With Naraajie dropping six more shots in his last five holes and Carballo remaining rock solid with five straight pars coming home, victory for the Argentinian soon became a foregone conclusion.
“I’m very happy and this has been a fantastic week. Especially so after winning for the first time on the Asian Tour. My focus today was just to play good and try to go under-par. I felt it was possible and unfortunately for Naraajie, he did not play well and I capitalised on it,” Carballo said.
Chang enjoyed his best result on Tour this season when he signed off with a 64 to take outright second place while compatriot Joohyung Kim, who won his second ADT title in Indonesia last week, was left to rue two dropped shots in his last three holes and had to settle for third place.
Indonesia was left to wait longer for another home-grown champion as Naraajie struggled to a 78 to end his week in fourth place.
Kasiadi continues to remain as the only Indonesian golfer to have won his country’s national Open when he lifted the trophy in 1989.