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Fernandez-Castano Wins Delayed Singapore Open

Storm-delayed event comes to a thrilling finale

Posted Nov 14, 2011 by Chris White

Gonzalo Fernandez Castano won the Singapore Open after a delayed playoff

After a weekend blighted by torrential thunderstorms, the Singapore Open was eventually decided in a Monday sudden-death playoff between Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Juvic Pagunsan, with the former eventually earning the trophy.

The 31-year old sank a nine-foot birdie putt on the par 5 18th to beat his Filipino opponent, who sent his attempt agonizingly wide of the hole.

Anthony Kim was unfortunate to miss out on joining the playoff, having produced a final round 64 including eight birdies, eventually having to settle for joint third with Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a final 65, dropping just one shot.

Lightning brought a premature end to the playoff which started on Sunday, after the even had been shortened to 54 holes anyway due to the horrible weather, and both players finished their rounds on 14-under par, with Fernandez-Castano letting a four-shot lead slip through his fingers over the back nine. With three bogeys on the return, the Spaniard’s slump coincided with Pagunsan’s revival, eventually being the last man off the course, scoring a 67 to level things at the top of the leaderboard.

He then had a chance to win it on the first extra hole, but he missed a 10-foot putt for birdie, and when play resumed Fernandez-Castano made him rue that mistake, clinching his first victory on the European Tour in three years.

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