Korean Song beats Spieth to Singapore Open title

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 31, 2016 7:25 PM

By Patrick Johnston

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

Song returned to the Sentosa Golf Club 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.

That was one better than double major winner Spieth, who also returned early to sink a five-foot birdie putt on the 18th, his only shot of the day, to complete a five-under 66 and finish runner-up to the world number 204.

It was a first tournament win for Song after a number of second place finishes on the Japan, Korean and OneAsia Tours.

Song and Spieth 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.

Song rolled in the effort to retain his lead and then negotiated the par three 17th as Spieth headed to the practice range in the hope of a playoff after sinking his birdie, which he was seen studying 20 minutes before play resumed.

But the 24-year-old South Korean ensured there would be no sudden death shootout as he safely plotted his way down the hazard-laden par five 18th, finding the green in regulation and two-putting to land the $1 million title.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)