Thai­land’s Poom wins In­done­sian Mas­ters for sec­ond time

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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.

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