DOHA: South Korea’s Wang Jeung-Hun overcame squandering an overnight three-shot lead to win a tense and thrilling Qatar Masters in a play-off on Sunday. Wang, on his first ever appearance at Doha, holed a five foot putt on the first play-off hole to secure a hard-fought victory over South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl and Sweden’s Joakim Largergren. The trio had all finished sixteen-under-par to force the one hole play-off. It is Wang’s third European Tour event title and confirms his growing potential as he has already been tipped by some to be a future Major winner.
And in winning at the age of 21 years and 144 days, he become the youngest ever winner of the Qatar event. Former US Masters winner Adam Scott was the previous youngest, who was a 100 days older when he won in 2002. The South Korean had come agonisingly close to winning in regular play, leaving his birdie putt an inch short on the 18th. He had started the day three shots ahead of the chasing pack and held the lead until the closing holes. But as the weather deteriorated, Wang was pursued not only by Van Zyl and Lagergren, but also France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken who all shared the lead at one point in a tight finish. — AFP