In the men’s individual competition at the Asian Games, Korea’s Kim Meen-whee took the spoils on a 15-under-par total of 273. The 18-year-old double-gold-medallist shot rounds of 69, 68, 67 and 69 around Guangzhou Province’s par-72 Dragon Lake Golf Club to claim victory by a remarkable nine strokes. Kim makes an 82-place move up the Ranking this week to WAGRank 65.
The Philippines’ Miguel Luis Tabuena, who had been the first-round leader, finished in second place, ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao. The strong Japanese challenge that was expected failed to materialise, with 2010 Asian Amateur Champion Hideki Matsuyama and reigning Junior Open Champion Kenta Konishi finishing in tied-14th and tied-19th place, respectively.
In South Africa, Danie van Tonder, who won the Eastern Province Stroke Play Championship at Humewood Golf Club three weeks ago, signed for rounds of 66, 67, 70 and 66 for a 19-under-par total of 269 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club to win the Central Gauteng Open. His eight-stoke victory heralds another significant move for van Tonder, as he ascends six places to 30th.
Elsewhere, Chile’s Anibal Reinoso took the Abierto del Polo on home soil, Julien Lerda won the Campeonato Argentino de Aficionados at Highland Park Country Club in his native Argentina, and Naoyuki Tamura was victorious at the Japan Mid-Amateur.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.