England’s golfer Justin Rose won the Indonesian Masters after capping a sensational year by signing off with a final round 10-under-par 62 – the largest winning margin on the Asian Tour in 2017.

England's golfler Justin Rose won the title as Indonesian Master 2017. Photo courtesy of Indonesian Masters.

The marathon week, where the Indonesian Masters was hit by multiple weather suspensions did not faze the world number six. After completing 10 holes from his third round in the morning, Rose was back at the starting tee in 30 minutes.

He got the round going with a birdie on the third hole before embarking on a stunning run with four birdies and an eagle starting from the par-four fifth at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

Rose’s lead was never threatened when he surged further ahead with three birdies in his next four holes after making the turn in 29. The Olympic gold medalist dropped a shot on 16 but delighted the crowd at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club by closing with a birdie on 18 for a winning total of 29-under-par 259.

“It is my last event of the season. To finish the year on a good note and still have a couple of weeks to enjoy this win over Christmas and New Year is really nice too. It is the lowest winning ever score and to win by eight shots, all of that are huge positives,” Rose said.

Justin Rose is the second Englishmen to win the Indonesian Masters after Lee Westwood. He is the fifth wire-to-wire winner on the Asian Tour this year who never won by eight shots in his career. It is also the largest winning margin on the Asian Tour in 2017.

“The largest winning margin for me in a tournament, to come here with my game in good shape, have to deal with bad weather and jet lag and stay focused on all four rounds, is something that I am really pleased about. I have had a dream week and I have played incredible golf,” he said.

It was another second place finish for Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai at the Indonesian Masters after he signed for a flawless 65 while Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent closed with a 69 to take third place at the Asian Tour season-ending event.

India’s S. Chikkarangappa meanwhile secured his Tour card at the expenses of China’s Liu Yan-wei by taking the last 61st spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.


Rintang Azhar

Rintang Azhar

Rintang is a previous staff writer for NOW! with experience in hard news and lifestyle journalism. He specialises in art, design, culture, fashion, environmental, and urban issues.