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American Peterson wins first Asian Tour title in Myanmar

Peterson wins first Asian Tour title (file photo) (Photo: Getty Images)
American left hander Paul Peterson has today won his first Asian Tour title with a two-shot win over Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira and Tomoyo Ikemura at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open in Yangon, an event jointly sanctioned between the Asian and Japan Golf Tours.

A brilliant start to his final round when 5 under par through 7 holes lead to a round of 66, the 29 year old holding off spirited challenges from Kodaira in particular whose final round of 63 had him threatening to win what is the second event of the 2018 Japan Tour season.

Kodaira had also played well in Singapore last week when runner-up to Sergio Garcia but Peterson has been in superb form of late himself, having recorded six to tens in his last five starts until a missed cut last week and although things did get a little tight in the middle of the back nine he had done enough to win.

Peterson, who played collegiate golf in Oregon prior to his professional career, now earns Japan Tour status to go with the Asian Tour and European Tour status he already enjoys and so even greater opportunities open up for the man from Scottsdale in Arizona.

A win in the Czech Masters in 2016 is his biggest win to date but this adds another dimension to his professional career.

“This victory is very special as the Asian Tour is where I started and to be able to get a win here really means a lot,” said the winner.

“I had to make that transition from Asia to Europe and I was trying to play in as many events as I could. So it just feels right that I’m finally able to have a win under my belt out here in Myanmar.”

Todd Sinnott was attempting to defend the title he won twelve months ago to open up his career opportunities but although playing improved golf to that he has played of late could only manage 32nd position.

Kieran Pratt, who began the week well eventually finished 48th in what was his first competitive event in two years.

The Asian Tour moves across to Malaysia for this week’s Malaybank Malaysia Championship.

 

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