Korean Song beats idol Spieth to Singapore title

Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:21pm EST
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - South Korean Song Young-han held his nerve to edge his role model, world number one Jordan Spieth, by a shot to win the Singapore Open in a weather-delayed Monday finish.

Song returned at 7:30 a.m (2330 GMT) to par the last three holes of his final round for a one-under 70 and 12-under total of 272, claiming the first title of his career after a number of second place finishes on the Japan, Korean and OneAsia Tours.

Double major winner Spieth, who also returned to the Sentosa Golf Club early to sink a five-foot birdie putt on the 18th, his only shot of the day, finished with a five-under 66.

The duo were among 12 players forced to return on Monday after more stormy weather in the Southeast Asian city state brought an early end to Sunday's play at the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour season opening event.

The third weather disruption of the week came at a pivotal point in the round with Song over a 10-foot putt on the 16th to stay at 12-under while Spieth was looking at a short putt on 18 to get to 11-under.

"One night felt like one week, the whole night I thought about 16th green. I hated Jordan Spieth last night," Song joked with reporters through a translator.

"The line wasn't that bad, but the situation made me very nervous. I left it to the gods."


Song Young-han of South Korea tees off on the seventh hole during the third round of the SMBC Singapore Open golf tournament at Sentosa's Serapong golf course in Singapore January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su