Perth International: Jin Jeong edges out Ross Fisher in sudden death play-off
Last Updated: October 20, 2013 11:33am
Former world No 1 amateur Jin Jeong defeated Ross Fisher on the first play-off hole to win the Perth International on Sunday.
Melbourne-based Jeong drained a par putt on the first hole of a sudden death play-off to edge out Englishman Fisher, who had earlier carded a final round 68 to tie at the top on 10 under.
Jeong closed with a 69, recovering from a double-bogey six on the opening hole to post birdies on the fourth, fifth, 11th, 12th and 15th holes.
(Aus unless stated)
-10 J Jeong (Kor) (won sudden death play-off)
-10 R Fisher (Eng)
-8 B Ninyette
-8 D Papadatos
-8 D Willett (Eng)
-7 B Rumford
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He played conservatively down the stretch as overnight leader Brody Ninyette of Australia dropped away and Fisher emerged as the co-leader.
Fisher made six birdies against two bogeys on his way to a 68, but after taking Jeong to a play-off the Englishman quickly came unstuck on the return trip down the 18th when his approach shot went through the green, leaving his rival two putts to wrap up his maiden title.
Ninyette's late collapse saw him card a level-par 70 to leave him in a tie for third place alongside fellow Australian Dimitrios Papadatos and England's Danny Willett.
American Dustin Johnson shot the best round of the day, a 66, to rise into a tie for 12th place, while Brett Rumford, who set a course record the previous day, finished three shots off the leaders on seven-under.
Jeong admitted he had to fight hard to control his emotions as he closed in on his maiden Tour victory.
"I was nervous, I was shaking but I controlled myself pretty well all day I thought," Jeong said on europeantour.com.
"I don't know what I've done to be honest. I had played play-offs in mini tour events, but playing with Ross Fisher, he's one of my heroes. Playing with him in the play-off, it was unbelievable."
Fisher added: "Obviously it would have been lovely to have come here and won, but that's golf.
"Unfortunately I came up a little bit short, but I can be very pleased the way I played today. I hung in there really well; it was always going to be tough.
"Hats off to Jin for winning his first professional tournament."