Justin Rose soared back to the top of the world rankings after edging out Haotong Li in a thrilling finish at the Turkish Airlines Open.
South Korean Wang in fine form
If you’re wondering how impressive Jeunghun Wang is then only Alex Noren has won more in the past 12 months and only Henrik Stenson has the same number of victories (3). What’s more only Matteo Manassero and Seve have been younger than the 21-year-old to get their hat-trick up.
Wang, who won back-to-back in Morocco and Mauritius, birdied the first extra hole after Jaco Van Zyl three-putted for par while Joakim Lagergren could also only make a five.
This was just the Korean’s 29th start and he began the day three clear. He birdied the first two holes but Van Zyl picked up shots at four of the first five holes.
Then France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera eagled 16 to go eight under for Sunday and join Wang in the lead but he then three-putted 17 and ended up wet at the last to miss out on the play-off.
Wang birdied 16, bogeyed 17 and came up two inches short of victory but he secured the victory when getting up and down from behind the closing green. He is now inside the top 50 in the world and in line for a start in the Masters.
What Wang said: “When I was young, I really wanted to play the Masters. I always imagined that I would play there. Maybe now I have a chance to play. I’m so happy about it and I hope I’m going to get in. That’s my dream, dream tournament.
“I just don’t want to get any pressure this year. I just want to learn from the other players. I just want to keep winning, I hope. I was really nervous on the back nine. I missed a lot of greens but my chipping was really good so I saved everything and finally I won.”