Last-Gasp Park

Asian Tour regular had a red-hot putter to thank after claiming his first Ageas Hong Kong PGA Championship title.

A gamble on a borrowed putter paid rich dividends for Australia’s Unho Park as he drained an 18-foot birdie putt on the last to seal a one-stroke victory at the HK$400,000 Ageas Hong Kong PGA Championship last month.

The Singapore-based 38-year-old had come to the par-four 18th at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau's North Course locked in the lead at three-over par with Guido van der Valk, but showed no nerves as he rattled home the putt to put all the pressure on his playing partner.

The Dutchman had left his own approach on the last about 16 feet above the hole and then hit his birdie chance wide to hand Park his maiden Hong Kong title and the HK$72,000 first prize.

“For the first two days my putting had really let me down,” explained a delighted Park. “I thought coming here today I had nothing to lose so I just borrowed a putter from my friend, who is also my caddie, and the putts just fell for me all day.”