Asian Tour Glory for Hiratsuka
Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka secured his maiden victory on the Asian Tour in emphatic fashion on Sunday.
Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka secured his maiden victory on the Asian Tour in emphatic fashion with a 10-stroke victory at the Air Bagan Myanmar Open on Sunday.
The 38-year-old, who has five wins under his belt on the Japan Tour, shot a final-round six-under 66 at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club to claim the winner’s cheque of US dollars 47,550.
Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng closed with a one-over 73 to take second place while compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant (69) and Australian Andrew Dodt shared third.
Hiratsuka has been in stunning form throughout the tournament and as good as wrapped up the victory with five successive birdies from the first. He added three more birdies while dropping only two shots to secure the triumph.
“Honestly, I did not expect to win before coming to this tournament. But after four good rounds, I surprised even myself to win by this big margin,” he said.
“Even after my early birdies, I told myself to keep calm. It was only on the last five holes that I knew I would win.
“I have come close on a few occasions and, after winning here, I’m definitely going to be playing more on the Asian Tour and try to win more tournaments. It’s a really good Tour to play in.”
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