Jin Jeong won the ISPS Handa Perth International after a sudden death play-off at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Australia.
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Jin Jeong, from Korea, fought like a Tiger to come back from a disastrous four-putt double bogey on the first hole to win his maiden victory on the European Tour. Jin started the day one behind home favourite Brody Ninyette, and fought back with a -3 under par 69, to finish in a tie for first place with Ross Fisher, both at -10 under par.
On the first play-off hole, the par four 18th, Ross hit an approach shot that flew through the green and he was unable to get up and down, Jin made his two putts for par and won the competition.
He said it had been unbelievable to contest the play-off;
” I was nervous, I was shaking but I controlled myself pretty well all day I thought, I don’t know what I’ve done to be honest. I was struggling quite a bit when I was turning pro, but it was going to happen in the learning circuit I guess. I had played play-offs in mini tour events, but playing with Ross Fisher, he’s one of my heroes. Playing with him in the play-off, it was unbelievable.”
Ross carded at final round -4 under par 68, but said that he had come up a bit short on the day;
“Obviously it would have been lovely to have come here and won, but that’s golf. Unfortunately I came up a little bit short, but I can be very pleased the way I played today. I hung in there really well. it was always going to be tough. There are some good names up there and I knew I needed to just play really well. I felt like I did that. Hats off to Jin for winning his first professional tournament.”
“I’m just pleased I’m knocking on the door and I know one of these days, it will come. The Race to Dubai, I’ve moved up; I should hope that’s got me into next week in China. Good World Ranking points, so hopefully that might put me back in the top 100, so it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I can’t be too disappointed with finishing second.”
Brody Ninyette could only muster an even par 72 final round and finished tied in third place at -8 under par for the tournament. Joining him on that total was Dimitrios Papadatos with a last round -4 under 68 and Danny Willett, who carded a -3 under par 69.
Congratulations to Jin Jeong on winning his first European Tour title.