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Another great week for impressive NZ rookie Nick Voke

Park with yet another Korean Tour trophy (Photo: Asian Tour )
Multiple winner Sanghyun Park today added a 7th Korean PGA Tour title to his name with a  five shot victory over Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent at the Shinhan Donghae Open, a jointly sanctioned event between the Asian and Korean Tours.

Park’s flawless final round of 63 saw him cruise to wire to wire victory although he was aided in his cause by Vincent’s double bogey at the 16th hole. It would hardly make any real difference to the final result however as Park went on to comfortably win the US$191,000 first prize.

Park became the first player to win three titles in any one season on the KPGA Tour and moves to second on the 2018 Asian Tour money list.

New Zealand rookie Nick Voke followed up his breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour China Series  last week with a strong finish for 3rd place It was Voke’s 6th top ten in 12 professional starts in 2018 and augurs well for a successful career ahead.  

Voke turned professional after a successful amateur career while at Iowa State University and with another US$66,000 in earnings this week he is building a nice nest egg on which to advance his cause.

Australia’s Travis Smyth who was well placed heading into today’s final round and began strongly with two early birdies cost himself any real chance when he then dropped three shots before the turn.

The 23-year old from Wollongong finished 7th and earned US$30,000.

"Today was a little bit shaky off the tee," said Smyth. "Other days I was finding a lot of fairways so I was just mad at myself. I missed, just a bunch of times. It would have helped my score a lot. But, it wasn’t meant to be as the leaders’ scores are very low anyway.

"I’m looking to try to keep my card for next year. I’ll be playing in the next few events. It’s certainly one step in the correct direction.

"My coach is going to accompany next week, so I hope that I’ll have a week that is as great as this was.

"I’m back to where I want my game. The crowd is awesome and the course is great. So, I’m really looking forward to coming back."



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