Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei finished (-3) to win the inaugural Solaire Open and his sixth Asian Tour title with a dramatic one-putt for par on the 18th hole at Wack Wack Golf & Country Club on Sunday.
Lin had two remarkable shots down the stretch. After an erratic tee shot on the 17th hole that landed in the woods, Lin hit an approach shot over the trees that landed on the green allowing him to make birdie.
When asked about the shot after the round, Lin said in Chinese, “In my mind, I knew it was a very bad decision taking a driver because the wind was so strong. But I already hit the shot so there was nothing I could do about it except try to recover. The shot over the trees was exactly like one I had at the 2008 Hong Kong Open, which made me more confident.”
On the 18th hole, Lin once again found himself in the woods after a bad tee shot. Scrambling, he knew he had to hook his second shot to stay in contention but got unlucky when it hit a tree on the way out. Lin said that he had approximately 132 yards left to the green on his third shot but played a 9-iron punch shot as if it were only 90 yards because he knew that it would roll a lot.
He played the shot perfectly pin high to the left of the hole, which left him with a 10ft par putt that he sank for the win. That’s his ball on the right!
Lining up his putt…
For the Lin… I mean, WIN!!!
When Vince asked what the easiest and hardest holes were for him, he said with a laugh, “no easy holes… number 8 is the hardest” telling us about an Asian Tour tournament at WackWack he was in contention to win a few years back until he made 10 on the 8th hole.
Lin’s superb putting on the last three holes thanks to a new ping putter from his brother allowed him to beat out second place finishers Richard Lee of Canada and Thailand’s Thammanoon Sriroj by one stroke and pocket the grand prize of USD54,000.00!
Host nation’s Elmer Salvador finished even-par for the day and 5th overall while wonder kid, Miguel Tabuena was making ground until he triple-bogeyed the treacherous 8th hole to finished T-6th with compatriot, Mars Pucay.
It was an awesome day for Vince and I covering our first pro event. Thank you to Solaire Hotel & Casino, WackWack Golf and Country Club and the Asian Tour for looking after us. Hope to have the opportunity to play at WackWack one of these days. More photos from the final round below…
Top Philippine finisher, Elmer Salvador’s bag! He’s using Callaway Razr Xtreme woods, Razr forged irons, and an Odessey putter. He also elects to take only 3 woods and so he can fit another wedge in the bag (PW, 52, 54, 60)
Final sign board
Checkout the lens on this guy’s camera!
Final putt from Thailand’s Thammanoon Sriroj that almost went in to send it to extra holes. Wanted him to sink it just so that we could see a playoff
Thammanoon Sriroj’s bag. Using an old school Callaway Razr Hawk, TaylorMade RBz, and Ping Anser forged irons. Checkout that 2 Iron! Almost as long as his 3-wood!
Lin Wen-tang’s winning clubs. Ping Anser woods, Ping G20 Irons, engraved Fourteen RM-11 wedges and a Ping mallet putter.
Awarding by Solaire Resort and Casino representative
Mulligang in da’ House!
Quick photo of the par-4 10th hole
Hizon walking around like a picker looking for Solaire signage to take…
Bumped into the wonder kid, Miguel Tabuena!
Interviewing Lin after he won
Vince with Lin
Hsu with Lin!
On the way out… Lin who??? Everyone wants a photo with The Prince instead!