Wang has eyes set on Au­gusta

The Herald - Herald Sport - - BOXING - PHIL CASEY

WANG JEUNGHUN of Korea is on course for a Masters de­but af­ter claim­ing a third Euro­pean Tour ti­tle in just his 29th event by beat­ing Jaco van Zyl and Joakim Lager­gren in a play-off for the Com­mer­cial Bank Qatar Masters.

Wang birdied the first ex­tra hole at Doha Golf Club af­ter Van Zyl three­p­utted for par from long range and Lager­gren was un­able to get up and down from a green­side bunker.

The trio had fin­ished tied on 16 un­der par af­ter Wang, who won back-to-back events in Morocco and Mau­ri­tius last May, left a birdie putt to win inches short on the 72nd hole.

At 21 years and 144 days old, Wang is the third youngest player to win three events on the Euro­pean Tour af­ter Mat t e o Ma na s s ero and S eve Balles­teros.

He is also the youngest in the world’s top 50 and needs to re­main there un­til the end of March to earn an in­vite to the year’s first ma­jor at Au­gusta Na­tional.

“When I was young, I re­ally wanted to play the Masters,” Wang said. “I al­ways imag­ined that I would play there. Maybe now I have a chance to play the Masters. I’m so happy about it and I hope I’m go­ing to get in the Masters. That’s my dream, dream tour­na­ment.”

Lorenzo-Vera and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken, who bo­geyed the 17th, had to set­tle for a share of fourth place on 15 un­der.

PRIZE GUY: Korea’s Wang Jeunghun.

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