Delight for choi

JOHOR BAHRU - ASIAN TOUR HONORARY MEMBER K J CHOI celebrated his return to Asia with a deserving victory after emerging triumphant at the weather-interrupted Iskandar Johor Open yesterday.

JOHOR BAHRU - ASIAN TOUR HONORARY MEMBER K J CHOI celebrated his return to Asia with a deserving victory after emerging triumphant at the weather-interrupted Iskandar Johor Open yesterday.

Korean Choi posted a third-round score of eight-under par 64 for a three-day total of 20-under par 196 at the full field Asian Tour event that was reduced to a 54-hole stroke play tournament due to inclement weather.

Chapchai Nirat of Thailand took second place after delighting the gallery at the Royal Johor Country Club with three amazing chip-ins on the 15th, 17th and 18th holes.

SA's Retief Goosen returned with a superb 62 to take a share of third position alongside overnight leader Himmat Rai of India, who closed with a 70 for a three-day total of 201 at the final round, suspended for two hours due to thunderstorms.

Choi fired three consecutive birdies in his opening three holes before adding another two on the sixth and seventh holes to make the turn in 31. The Korean went on to post further birdies on holes 11, 12 and 18 to return with a blemish-free scorecard courtesy of an amazing par save on the 15th after his tee-off shot found the water. Choi recovered remarkably when he managed to hole his chip from 10 yards to save par. - AFP

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