Thailand’s Poom wins Indonesian Masters for second time
Thailand’s Poom Saksansin proved his reputation as the “smiling assassin” this week after storming to a three-shot victory at the $750,000 (Dhs2.8 million) Indonesian Masters — his second win at the tournament in three years. The 25-yearold closed with a four-under-par 68 for a 20-under total of
268, ahead of compatriot Jazz Janewattananond, who made a closing eagle in his round of 65 to take second place. Fellow Thai Panuphol Pittayarat, who shot a final round of 66, ended the tournament third at 15-under par. England’s Justin Rose — bidding to reclaim the world No 1 spot from Brooks Koepka — finished with a disappointing three-over-par 75 in joint 17th position, despite two birdies in his final two holes. Poom, a previous winner here in 2016, said he had enjoyed playing against Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, whose early challenge fell away with a final round of 71. “I am really so proud to have won here again. I love the golf course and I am so happy that I got a chance to play with Stenson,” said Poom, who now has three wins on the Asian Tour and is expected to see his current world ranking of 239 markedly improve.