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Jin Seals Magical Win In Australia
Jin Jeong held his nerve to secure his best ever day as a professional when winning the ISPS Handa Perth International.
The 23-year-old Korean dispatched former Ryder Cup star Ross Fisher in a sudden-death play-off and simultaneously avoided the hell of Qualifying School by bagging himself a dream ticket to The European Tour.
Jeong started the day in the worst possible fashion with a four-putt double bogey at the first hole. For most of us that’s enough mental trauma to guarantee a jittery day on the greens, but the former World Amateur No.1 steadied himself to shoot a three-under-par 69 and match Fisher’s 10-under clubhouse target.
On their return down the 18th for the first play-off hole Fisher caught a flyer with his approach and went through the green, leaving Jeong two putts to sew up the title.
“I was nervous, I was shaking but I controlled myself pretty well all day I thought,” said Jeong. “I don't know what I've done to be honest. I was struggling quite a bit when I was turning pro, but it was going to happen in the learning circuit I guess.”
The victory was Jeong’s biggest ever prize, but he was more excited about the two-year exemption to the European Tour that comes with winning a tournament.
“I was going to go back to Q-School Second Stage the week after next but I guess I don't have to anymore,” he smiled.
Fisher consoled himself by climbing into the top 60 of The Race to Dubai and should qualify for the DP World Tour Championship.