James Byrne caps stylish win at Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament
Jakarta: James Byrne of Scotland produced a grandstand finish when he holed a remarkable eagle on the last to win the $100,000 Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament by three shots Sunday.
The 25-year-old Byrne fired three birdies in each half and sealed the deal with a 40-foot eagle putt for a flawless eight-under-par 64 to bag his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the Damai Indah Golf, BSD Course.
Tour rookie William Sjaichudin (65) raised local cheers by claiming his best result on the ADT in tied second alongside overnight leader Brett Munson (70) of the United States on 274.
Malaysia`s Arie Irawan (70), Nils Floren (67) of Sweden, Anura Rohana (68) of Sri Lanka and Annop Tangkamolprasert (67) of Thailand finished a further shot back in tied fourth in the inaugural ADT event.
Byrne, a former Walker Cup star, was delighted to return into the winners` circle after enduring a frustrating 2013 Asian Tour season where he lost his Tour card.
He hopes that his victory in Indonesia, which pushed him to eighth position on the ADT Order of Merit, will be a sign of better things to come as he aims to finish inside the top-five on the Merit rankings at the end of the season to regain an Asian Tour card for 2015.
"This is by far my most satisfying win," said Byrne, who prior to his victory only made three cuts in eight appearances on the ADT this season.
"I didn`t play well on the Asian Tour to keep my card and I`ve been disappointed that I haven`t been closer to the top-five on the ADT Order of Merit. Hopefully this win will change things," said Byrne, who won $17,500 and earned six Official World Golf Ranking points.