Myanmar Open Diary
Compiled by V Krishnaswamy
Sinnott – Seven trips to water, but still wins Myanmar Open Trophy
For a player who lifted the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open Trophy at the end of the week, Todd Sinnott hit an incredible seven balls into the water this week – four on the first day, two on the second day and one in the final round where he saved par on the fourth hole.
Sinnott, who was one-under 141 for 36 holes and Tied-40th, was 13-under in his final 36 holes and dropped one shot in the final 36 holes. After going into water six times in first two days, he stayed dry on third day and on Sunday, the only time he went into water, he still managed a par.
Sinnott, a one-time part-time ball collector at a Driving range, had a great time towards the end of 2014, when as an amateur, he played rounds with Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and US Tour players Steve Bowditch and Boo Weekley. He was an amateur entrant into some of the big pro events in Australia.
Sinnott turned pro in early February 2015 and thereafter played in Australia and went to Asian Tour Qualifying School in January 2017.
Sinnott’s achievements with the win
· Todd Sinnott, who earned his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand two weeks ago, became the second fastest rookie to win after Chris Rodgers who won the 2006 Pakistan Open. The same year, Kane Webber also won his first Asian Tour title in only his second event on the region’s premier Tour.
· At the Q-School, Sinnott shot a final round 10-under-par 62 to get into a play-off but lost to countryman Richard Green.
· Sinnott is the first Asian Tour rookie to win since Danthai Boonma of Thailand won in Singapore in 2015.
· Sinnott, playing for the first time in Myanmar, now holds the joint course record of 64 at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club with Yusaku Miyazato of Japan.
First top-10 in more than two years for Chopra
Indo-Swede Daniel Chopra, a two-time winner on PGA Tour years ago, achieved his first Top-10 since September 2014 (in Yeangder in Chinese Taipei) when he finished Tied-9th. Chopra, whose mother is Swedish and father, Indian, played his junior golf golf in India.
Miyazato, who once had two aces in a single round, ends 7th
· Yusaku Miyazato, who led at the end of the third round is the older brother to LPGA player Ai Miyazato, who has won 25 pro titles in women’s golf, including nine on LPGA.
· Miyazato, who has three wins in Japan, one each in 2013, 2014 and 2015, is the first modern era golfer to make two hole in ones, in the same round of a PGA Tour event. That was in Reno Tahoe Open in Nevada in August 25, 2006.
· After two days, Miyazato has made 11 (67-64) birdies without dropping a single shot, but on the weekend he was 71-73 for two-over and ended seventh.
Interesting facts of the day:
Angelo Que, who does not like going to the driving range before his round, only chips and putts but is best known for his bright coloured attire on the course – that has earned him the sobriquet of “human highlighter”.
Richest sporting event in Myanmar
The US $ 750,000 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, which is co-sanctioned by Asian and Japan Tours, is the richest sporting evening in Myanmar.