28 Jun 2016 News & Media

Jun Won-Park captures maiden title at ISPS Handa Global Cup

29 year-old Korean, Jun Won-Park, sealed the biggest victory of his career at the 2016 ISPS Handa Global Cup coming through a thrilling playoff with Argentinian PGA Tour professional, Emiliano Grillo, at Tokinodai Country Club.

Starting the final day two shots off the lead, Japan Golf Tour Rookie Park showed no signs of final day nerves by firing a closing round of 66 (-5) to tie overnight leader Grillo at 17 under par following earlier rounds of 66,67,68. With nothing between the pair after 72 holes, they headed back down the eighteenth hole where both split the middle of the fairway with their drives before a fantastic six iron approach to 5ft saw Park convert for birdie and land the biggest victory of his career.

As a result of the triumph, Won-Park catapults to 4th on the Japan Golf Tour Order having won Yen 20,000,000 and rises to 195th in the Official World Golf rankings from 430th.

Park was presented with one of the most interesting prizes in golf on the 18th green which included an impressive samurai helmet which took the place of a trophy! The unique ceremony also involved the winner being presented with a green kimono from an alien and ninjas were on hand to assist in the proceedings.

Park was thrilled with his fighting spirit as he fought back in the final round with six birdies and one bogey to force a play-off with Grillo. Commenting on his victory Jun Won-Park said, “Honestly I felt very nervous on the 72nd hole today. But in the play-off, I was somehow relaxed, I didn’t put too much pressure on myself to win and that paid off”.

Australia’s Curtis Luck won the low amateur honours after shooting a 7 under (64) finishing tied 5th. Winning the 2016 Western Australian Open as an amateur his experience in professional events paying off in his first experience of playing in Japan. Luck said “I might consider coming back to qualify for the Japanese Tour later in the year, I have enjoyed this week that much.”

Other notables for the week were Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha and Brad Kennedy of Australia who fired rounds of 69 and 67 respectively to finish two shots back from Park and Grillo. Major Champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa took a share of fifth place finishing at 13 under for the week whilst multiple Major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland finished in tied ninth a further shot adrift.