Taiwan’s Lin makes stunning comeback to win Brunei Open


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, AFP

Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang overcame a six-shot deficit on Sunday to win the Brunei Open, as Australia’s Adam Le Vesconte crumbled in the final round.

Lin carded a stunning six-under-par 65 in the final round at the Empire Hotel and Country Club to claim his second Asian Tour title by two strokes from Le Vesconte, who finished the round with a 73.

Tony Lascuna of the Philippines ended a fine fortnight with his second top-three finish in a row, sharing third place with Taiwanese veteran Lu Wen-teh and Australian Scott Barr, three strokes behind the winner.

Lin made six birdies on the day against no bogeys to finish the tournament with a 15-under-par 269.

“The winning feeling is simply wonderful. I started the day six behind the leader but I did not have a specific game plan. I told myself that every shot that I hit had to be a very good one,” Lin said.

“I knew that I was closing in on the leader and I was feeling very nervous but I told myself to stay focused and maintain my composure.”

Le Vesconte fell into a tie with Lin on the 10th hole with a bogey. Two holes later, the 33-year-old Lin drained an eight-foot putt for birdie to take the lead for the first time.

On the 17th, he made a crucial par to hold off his rivals.

Le Vesconte had held at least a share of the lead since the opening round and was clearly disappointed with his finish.