2011

Hideki Matsuyama Repeats at Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan is pictured during the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at The Singapore Island Country Club - New Course, on October 2, 2011, in Singapore. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan is pictured during the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at The Singapore Island Country Club – New Course, on October 2, 2011, in Singapore. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)

Date                 29 September – 2 October 2011
Venue              The Singapore Island Country Club, New Course, Singapore
Par                   36-36-72
Length            6,525 metres/7,136 yards
Designer        Frank Pennink
Opened           1970

Hideki Matsuyama won the third Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship with a superb final round 67 at The Singapore Island Country Club (SICC).

The 19-year-old defending champion, who won the title in his native Japan in 2010, collected five birdies in a bogey-free final round to finish 18-under-par and one shot clear of South Korea’s Lee Soo-min. Victory provided a return for Matsuyama to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National, where he made history in April 2011 by becoming the first Asian golfer to win the Silver Cup for low amateur.

In Singapore, the Japanese star was never behind after the first hole but faced competition from Lee, who signed for the lowest score of the week after a birdie on the 18th hole secured a round of 64.

Overnight leader Ben Campbell also stayed in touch after recovering from a difficult start to shoot 70 and finish in third place at 16-under thanks to late birdies on holes 16 and 17. However, Matsuyama continued to hit fairways and greens and secured back-to-back wins with a tap-in par on the 605-yard 18th.

Admitting to feeling some nerves at the start of the back nine, he said: “To be honest, my feet started shaking, I was really nervous but I was happy that I was able to play my game even under that tremendous pressure. If you look at today and yesterday, I didn’t make any bogeys, so that was very encouraging for me.”

His final total of 270 consisted of rounds of 67-71-65-67 over The SICC’s New Course, which set the record for the lowest 72-hole score in the event’s history. He has also recorded a sub-par score in every round he has played in the competition.

The Tohoku Fukushi University student continued his great form from the third round with birdies on holes 1, 8, 9, 12 and 16. A rare missed green on the 15th provided hope for his opponents, but a deft chip making full use of the green saw him make a comfortable par and stay one shot ahead of the field before going a further shot up at the next hole.

The top 12 was made up of players from Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. A total of 120 players from 35 countries began the championship, which had television coverage broadcast in 150 countries.

Venue Information

The Singapore Island Country Club, located about 10 kilometres from downtown Singapore, has an enviable reputation as a host of major international golf events, including the 1969 World Cup, 1993 Johnnie Walker Classic, 28 editions of the Singapore Open and the European Tour’s Singapore Masters in 2001.

Weather

A one hour weather delay occurred just 10 minutes after the first round started, though play was ultimately completed before darkness. Weather delayed the start of the second round by two hours, which meant 30 players were unable to finish on Friday. Morning storms delayed play again on Saturday, but the second and third rounds were completed by day’s end.

2011 Results

POS NAME NAT R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
1 Hideki Matsuyama JPN 67 71 65 67 -18
2 Lee Soo-min KOR 65 72 70 64 -17
3 Ben Campbell NZL 67 66 69 70 -16
4 Cameron Smith AUS 68 69 69 67 -15
5 Masamichi Ito JPN 70 70 68 68 -12
6 Jake Higginbottom AUS 68 72 72 65 -11
T7 Masahiro Kawamura JPN 70 75 69 66 -8
T7 Taw Wan Lee KOR 72 67 73 68 -8
T9 Mathew Perry NZL 71 69 72 69 -7
T9 Choo Tze Huang SIN 68 72 72 69 -7
T9 Vaughan Mccall NZL 69 72 67 73 -7
T12 Shinji Tomimura JPN 72 69 73 68 -6
T12 Low Khai Jei MAS 73 69 71 69 -6
T14 Matthew Stieger AUS 70 72 69 72 -5
T14 Eric Chun KOR 73 69 70 71 -5
16 Lee Chang-woo KOR 73 77 67 67 -4
T17 George Gandranata INA 71 70 77 67 -3
T17 Natipong Srithong THA 75 69 70 71 -3
T17 Keeneth Christian John De Silva MAS 67 69 73 76 -3
T17 Ryan Fox NZL 69 70 70 76 -3
T21 Sam An NZL 74 73 70 69 -2
T21 Zhiqun Lam SIN 74 66 74 72 -2
23 Luke Humphries AUS 75 69 73 70 -1
T24 Clyde Mondilla PHI 73 73 71 71 E
T24 Ahmed Al Musharrekh UAE 75 70 72 71 E
T24 Alex Shi Yup Kim KOR 73 70 72 73 E
T24 George Foo SIN 73 72 71 72 E
T28 Teng Kao TPE 73 71 73 72 1
T28 Chien-Yao Hung TPE 71 74 72 72 1
T28 Olaf Allen FIJ 77 71 69 72 1
T28 Yosuke Asaji JPN 69 74 67 79 1
T32 Rupert Zaragosa PHI 70 69 77 74 2
T32 Philip Matsson THA 72 75 71 72 2
T32 Art Markhael Arbole PHI 68 72 72 78 2
T32 Chieh-Po Lee TPE 72 71 69 78 2
T36 Wei-Hou Liu TPE 71 77 73 71 4
T36 Nadaraja Thangaraja SRI 75 75 72 70 4
T38 Hamza Amin PAK 72 69 75 77 5
T38 Gregory Foo SIN 74 71 73 75 5
T38 Hao-Sheng Hsu TPE 75 72 74 72 5
T38 Ian Andrew INA 67 77 78 71 5
T38 Kenta Konishi JPN 75 75 72 71 5
T43 Matthew Smith AUS 73 76 73 72 6
T43 Terrence Ng HKG 73 73 77 71 6
T43 Jerome Ng SIN 74 74 75 71 6
T46 Rinaldi Adiyandono INA 70 73 75 77 7
T46 Marc Ong SIN 72 78 68 77 7
T46 Si-woo Kim KOR 73 73 74 75 7
T46 Honey Honey IND 76 72 73 74 7
T46 Chikkarangappa Senapaa IND 72 74 76 73 7
T51 Ratanon Wannasrichan THA 72 75 76 73 8
T51 Maung Maung Oo MYR 74 74 77 71 8
53 Trishul Chinnappa Ajjikuttira IND 74 72 78 73 9
T54 Mohd Ali Hai PAK 70 76 74 78 10
T54 Melvin Chew SIN 71 76 73 78 10
T54 Paul San Weng Yau MAS 76 74 73 75 10
T54 Angad Cheema IND 71 79 74 74 10
58 Khalin Hitesh Joshi IND 76 74 73 76 11
59 Joshua Shou SIN 75 74 79 72 12
60 Juan Miguel Yee PHI 71 74 80 77 14
61 Abhijit Singh Chadha IND 74 75 78 76 15
MC Yan Myo Aye MYR 78 73
MC Taimur Amin PAK 71 80
MC Joshua Munn NZL 76 75
MC Joshua Ho SIN 72 79
MC Zanie Boy Gialon PHI 72 81
MC Lip Shien Chong HKG 78 75
MC Vikrant Chandra FIJ 82 72
MC Sung-I Yu TPE 75 79
MC Jeremiah Kim Leun Kwang MAS 79 75
MC Abel Tam Kwang Yuan MAS 73 81
MC Chirat Jirasuwan THA 77 77
MC Khalid Al Jasmi UAE 79 75
MC Md Nazim BAN 73 81
MC Nasser Yacoob Saleh BAH 78 76
MC Brad Moules AUS 78 76
MC Mohamed Hisyam Abdul Majid MAS 77 77
MC Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol THA 79 75
MC John Abdon PHI 79 76
MC Soti Dinki PNG 77 78
MC Vijitha Bandara SRI 77 78
MC Vic Borja GUA 78 78
MC Niko Vui SAM 78 78
MC Muhammad Waseem Rana PAK 78 78
MC Naveenda Ranga Gamage SRI 76 80
MC Atthachai Jaichalad THA 81 75
MC Johnson Poh SIN 74 83
MC Robin James PNG 78 80
MC Ziwang Gurung BHU 77 81
MC Ned Howard COK 83 75
MC Md Jakiruzzaman BAN 81 78
MC Chandra Suresh FIJ 80 80
MC Hamad Mubarak Afnan BAH 82 78
MC Thammasack Bouahom LAO 80 81
MC George Rukabo SOL 81 80
MC Rachid Akl LEB 81 80
MC Md Dulal Hossain BAN 76 85
MC Thuy Vo Ta VIE 81 81
MC Patrick Tom CAM 83 79
MC Lon Lindsey GUA 86 77
MC Hassan Karimian Noshahr IRA 81 82
MC Jieyu Xiao MAU 79 84
MC Patrick Fepuleai SAM 83 81
MC Saleh Ali M K Al Kaabi QAT 86 79
MC Vanseilha Seng CAM 84 82
MC Mohammad Rahman PAK 83 85
MC Royle Brogan COK 83 86
MC Vasin Manibanseng LAO 86 83
MC Tashi Ghale NEP 86 84
MC Ben Felani SOL 86 84
MC Matthew Moucharafieh LEB 83 89
MC Tashi Tsering NEP 90 83
MC Ali Abdullah Al Bishi QAT 79 94
MC Delegermaa Ulziidelger MGL 89 86
MC Ebrahim Nouri IRA 88 88
MC Van Tho Trinh VIE 86 90
MC Altynbek Imanaliev KYR 86 98
MC Aidar Asanov KYR 102 97
WD Palden Tobgye Thinley BHU 91
RTD Gangaa Mendsaikhan MGL 102 28