Fernandez-Castano wins playoff after long delay
Singapore – $1 million for Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is still just as sweet after a long weather delay.
Forced to play into Monday, Fernandez-Castano birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Juvic Pagunsan and win the Singapore Open.
The tournament, which finished at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course, had already been shortened to 54 holes due to brutal weather throughout the week. Both players were on the first playoff hole when lightning forced play to be pushed into Monday.
When play resumed at the 18th hole, both players had good opportunities for birdie, but Fernandez-Castano missed a seven-footer and Pagunsan just missed a six-footer for the victory.
Both players hit their third shots on their second try at No. 18 to about the same length. Pagunsan was first up from 10 feet and was off the mark, and Fernandez-Castano followed with an eight-footer for the victory, his fifth on the European Tour.
It's the first title for Fernandez-Castano since 2008 and continues a stretch of good performances in which he's finished in the top six in three of his last five events.
For Pagunsan, who tied Fernandez-Castano at 14-under 199 through 54 regulation holes, it matches his best finish on the European Tour. He also finished second at the Hong Kong Open in 2007.
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