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Carballo, who topped the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit last year, found himself in a similar position on the leaderboard when he closed with a flawless five-under-par 67 to clinch his maiden Asian Tour title by three shots over Korea’s Yikuen Chang with his winning total of 17-under-par 271 at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.
The Argentinian is the ninth player on the ADT to go on to win on the Asian Tour and his three-shot victory is the largest margin on the Asian Tour so far this season.
Carballo stormed off the blocks quickly with an opening birdie before adding two more birdies on holes four and six to his card.
After making the turn in 33, he birdied again on the 10th before an audacious 30-foot putt from the edge of the green on 13 saw him make another birdie which gave him the outright lead after overnight leader Naraajie Emerald Ramadhan Putra of Indonesia three-putted for a bogey there.
With Naraajie dropping six more shots in his last five holes and Carballo remaining rock solid with five straight pars coming home, victory for the Argentinian soon became a foregone conclusion.
Chang enjoyed his best result on Tour this season when he signed off with a 64 to take outright second place while compatriot Joohyung Kim, who won his second ADT title in Indonesia last week, was left to rue two dropped shots in his last three holes and had to settle for third place.
Indonesia was left to wait longer for another homegrown champion as Naraajie struggled to a 78 to end his week in fourth place.
Kasiadi continues to remain as the only Indonesian golfer to have won his country’s National open when he lifted the trophy in 1989.
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Miguel Carballo (Arg) Fourth round 67 (-5) Total 271 (-17)
I’m very happy and this has been a fantastic week. Especially so after winning for the first time on the Asian Tour. My focus today was just to play good and try to go under-par. I felt it was possible and unfortunately for Naraajie, he did not play well and I capitalized on it. The game started to change on 13 when I made a birdie and he made a bogey there. Golf is starting to become popular in Argentina. Angel Cabrera won two Majors- The Masters and US Open and Roberto de Vincenzo won the British open long time ago, it’s very popular but not too much in argentina. We have very good players but there are not many golf tournaments in the country. The best player now is Emiliano Grillo but maybe now I can be either second or third. My schedule’s going to change now that I’m a winner on the Asian Tour and I’ll most definitely be playing a lot over here now.
Yikuen Chang (Kor) Fourth round 64 (-8) Total 274 (-14)
I’ve been struggling for a long time especially with my ball striking and putting and I needed a solid results like this to regain my confidence. I practiced a lot and I seemed to have found something in my game again. I worked with my coach and I felt more comfortable this week. I was hitting a lot of good shots this week. My putting was not the best but I putted really well today. I need to play well especially since my main sponsor’s event, Shinhan Donghae Open is coming up and I really want to be well prepared and do well in that event. Hopefully I play well next week which will give me the momentum to do even better then.
Joohyung Kim (Kor) Fourth round 68 (-4) Total 275 (-13)
Coming into this week on the back of a ADT win last week, I just told myself to continue to stay patient. And I thought I managed to do that well especially today but I kind of lost it on the back-nine. I was under pressure as I knew I had a chance to win. And that did get into my head. But overall it has been a good week. I’ve been able to play a couple of Asian Tour events now so I know what it’s like to play here. And to be inside the top-five is just something that really shows how much I’ve improved this year as a player and I’m really looking forward to playing more on the Asian Tour.
Naraajie Emerald Ramadhan Putra (Ina) Fourth round 78 (+6) Total 276 (-12)
I did sleep well last night and I just had a very bad back-nine. I made my second bogey on nine when I pulled my tee shot into the hazard on the left and had to take a penalty there. I just kind of lost my focus on those last six holes. I’ve learnt a lot this week and hopefully it can bring me to the next step. I’ll be playing an ADT event next month and then the SEA Games at the end of this year.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) Fourth round 71 (-1) Total 278 (-10)
I didn’t bring my A game at all and I didn’t have a good putting day. I didn’t have any day where I said oh wow I hit it good today. Basically, I didn’t have any satisfying rounds so I can’t win. I’m just going to go back and work on my game. I have a week off so we’ll see what happens. I’ll come back to the Asian Tour again at Shinhan Donghae Open. But before that, I need to figure out what putter I’ll be using. Hendy is a good player and if he starts to turn his game on it will be a fun race so we’ll see whether he turns his game on or not.
Leading Scores after round 4 of the Bank BRI Indonesia Open 2019 being played at the par 72,7243 Yards Pondok Indah GC course (am - denotes amateur):
271 - Miguel Carballo (ARG) 69-69-66-67.
274 - Yikeun Chang (KOR) 67-75-68-64.
275 - Joohyung Kim (KOR) 69-71-67-68.
276 - Naraajie E. Ramadhanputra (am, INA) 66-69-63-78.
277 - Naoki Sekito (JPN) 68-70-70-69.
278 - Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) 69-69-71-69, Daniel Fox (AUS) 70-68-70-70, Kwanchai Tannin (THA) 69-67-71-71, Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 67-71-69-71.
279 - Jarryd Felton (AUS) 70-72-69-68, Natipong Srithong (THA) 71-69-70-69, J.C. Ritchie (RSA) 69-66-74-70, Shiv Kapur (IND) 68-70-71-70, Daniel Van Tonder (RSA) 67-73-69-70, Kosuke Hamamoto (THA) 66-74-68-71.