Date: October 20, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Jeong secures maiden title in Perth

Jin Jeong collected his first tour win as he beat Ross Fisher on the first play-off hole to claim the Perth International title on Sunday. The South Korean started the final day of the European Tour event one shot off the lead and dropped further back after a four-putt double bogey at the 1st. However, five birdies saw him card a 69 and move level with Fisher. Jeong maintained his composure in the play-off as Fisher&aposs approach skidded off the back of the green, leaving the Korean with two putts for glory. “I was nervous, I was shaking but I controlled myself pretty well all day I thought,” he said. “I don&apost know what I&aposve done to be honest. “I had played play-offs in mini tour events, but playing with Ross Fisher, he&aposs one of my heroes. Playing with him in the play-off, it was unbelievable. “I was going to go back to Q School Second Stage [to try and earn a tour card for next season] the week after next but I guess I don&apost have to anymore.” Earlier on Sunday, Fisher&aposs round of 68, featuring six birdies, was enough to move him to the top of the leaderboard at 10 under, but he will rue bogeys at 5 and 13 that denied him the victory. It was his third play-off for a title on tour, and his third loss, as Jeong parred the first play-off hole to secure the triumph. Australian Brody Ninyette, leader after the third round, could not repeat his 67 from Saturday and had to settle for a third-place finish after going round in 72. He had looked on course to claim the title but his day began to unravel at the 13th. He had hit three birdies and was 11 under before three bogeys in the final six holes saw it slip away from him. He ended up equal third (eight under) alongside compatriot Dimitrios Papadatos and Englishman Danny Willett. Brett Rumford was the next best Australian on seven under in outright sixth spot.