2019

Local Hero Yuxin Lin Reclaims Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship after Playoff Battle Against World No. 1 Takumi Kanaya

Yuxin Lin of China giving in the award ceremony at the 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, China on Sunday, September, 29, 2019. Photograph by AAC

Date              26-29 September 2019
Venue          Sheshan International Golf Club
Par                36-36-72
Length         7,041 metres/6,410 yards
Designers  Neil Haworth and Robin Nelson
Opened       2004

China’s Yuxin Lin brought immense cheers to his home fans when he birdied the par-5 18th twice in a playoff to beat defending champion and world No. 1 Takumi Kanaya and become the second two-time winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), earning an invitation to the 2020 Masters Tournament and a place in The 149th Open at Royal St George’s.

On Sunday at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, the 2017 champion Lin (68) came to the par-5 18th hole at 11 under par but hit his second shot from the fairway bunker into the water and made a bogey on the final hole of regulation.

Kanaya (69) laid up perfectly and hit his third shot to less than five feet but missed the birdie putt that would have made him the second player to successfully defend his title after fellow AAC champion Hideki Matsuyama (2010 and 2011) of Japan.

The duo both finished 10 under par and entered the first-ever playoff in the championship’s history. Both birdied the first extra hole, No. 18, in incredible fashion. Lin muscled his ball out of thick rough with almost no stance, while Kanaya sank a 30-foot putt.

After they returned to No. 18 for the second extra hole, it was all over when Lin hit a superb third shot from the greenside bunker to three feet and made the putt, while Kanaya missed his from a longer range.

After shifting his home base to Los Angeles last month where he is now a freshman at the University of Southern California, it was a poignant moment for the 18-year-old Chinese star, who had his father on the bag this week.

“It definitely means a lot to me, especially this week, winning at home is certainly huge for me and for China golf, as well. I’m just really honored to be alongside Hideki as a two-time winner,” said Lin, who turns 19 in two weeks.

The 18th hole had proven troublesome for Lin, who played the hole in four over par over his last three rounds.

“I was having a little trouble with the 18th three days in a row. We knew there were extra holes coming up and stepping on the 18th again wasn’t a great feeling for me. And especially that lie off the tee shot, in the first extra hole, definitely not what you wanted. But at least everything turned out pretty well, so pretty satisfied,” added the world No. 114, who clinched his first AAC title with an impressive birdie-eagle finish at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand.

“I didn’t really think about the win. I was just trying to play some good golf out there. I made some mistakes throughout the round but stayed patient the whole time.

“It really matters a lot playing against the best amateur in the world right now, and especially to be able to get that win is definitely huge. Obviously, Takumi is a great player. It gives me a lot of confidence to be able to compete with the No. 1 player in the world in extra holes.”

Position Player Nationality To Par Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total
1 Yuxin LIN China -10 68 71 71 68 278
2 Takumi KANAYA Japan -10 72 69 68 69 278
3 Tanapat PICHAIKOOL Thailand -9 71 73 70 65 279
3 Yung-Hua LIU Chinese Taipei -9 68 71 69 71 279
5 Chun An YU Chinese Taipei -8 73 69 70 68 280
5 James LEOW Singapore -8 71 68 72 69 280
5 Ren YONEZAWA Japan -8 68 67 73 72 280
8 Bo JIN China -7 72 71 71 67 281
8 Karl VILIPS Australia -7 73 70 69 69 281
8 Jun Min LEE Korea -7 68 67 75 71 281
8 Yuto KATSURAGAWA Japan -7 69 70 69 73 281
12 Won Jun LEE Korea -5 69 74 66 74 283
13 Blake WINDRED Australia -4 63 71 74 76 284
14 Hiroshi TAI Singapore -3 70 69 75 71 285
15 David MICHELUZZI Australia -2 75 72 70 69 286
15 Nathan BARBIERI Australia -2 69 74 71 72 286
15 Guxin CHEN China -2 70 71 72 73 286
18 Harry HILLIER New Zealand -1 73 71 76 67 287
18 Keita NAKAJIMA Japan -1 71 70 72 74 287
18 Kaiwen LIU China -1 69 69 73 76 287
21 J.H. LEE Korea E 76 71 69 72 288
21 Jack THOMPSON Australia E 71 70 73 74 288
21 Kartik SHARMA India E 77 68 67 76 288
24 Chuan-Tai LIN Chinese Taipei +1 74 70 72 73 289
25 Linqiang  LI China +2 76 72 74 68 290
25 Hidetoshi YOSHIHARA Japan +2 73 69 74 74 290
25 Sean YU Chinese Taipei +2 72 74 68 76 290
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