The 2011 Barclays Singapore Open took place at the Tanjong and Serapong Courses, Sentosa Golf Club. Despite the tournament losing one round because of bad weather and the head-to-head play-off between the eventual winner, Fernandez-Castaňo, and runner-up, Juvic Pagunsan, being stopped twice by lighting it did eventually finish.
It would be a hard one to call but did the unexpected stormy weather help or hinder Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaňo of Spain. With the tournament already being cut to 54 holes he had to wait an extra day before claiming victory on the second play-off hole.
Fernandez-Castaňo has shown good form after returning to the tour following his back injury that kept him away from the competitive golf for six months and he certainly maintained that form through the first two rounds of this tournament scoring 66 and 61 in the opening rounds; however round 3 saw his form starting to slip as he carded a 72 in the final round. Runner-up, Pagunsan from the Philippines, showed ultimate consistency with his 66, 66, 67, holing a birdie putt on the 18th to force a play-off
Although the champion showed devastating putting to card a second round 61 he must have been seriously worried when his card slipped into the 70’s on the final day; after taking a penalty on the 18th he managed to save his par with a wonderful 15’ putt.
The players were forced to take breaks between their drive and second shots because of the fear of lightning; after a 2 hour break they resumed both managing to take one shot each before being forced off again. The play-off resumed at 7.30am on Monday morning and Pagunsan had the chance to snatch victory when the champion missed his 7’ birdie to complete play-off hole number 1 but he managed to miss his as well so they went off to the second hole. Playing the 18th for the second time both dropped their shots to within 10’, Pagunsan missed the birdie Fernandez-Castaňo did not; game over.
The Filipino did have some solace though from his runner-up spot as he has leapt into the lead in the Asian Tour Order of Merit and is in a very strong position to take overall victory being just under $300,000 ahead of the rest of the field.
I do not know if the Barclay’s Singapore Open breaks any records for the longest amount of time to play 56 holes but it must come close. This was the second year on the trot that this tournament has had to resume on the Monday through bad weather.
- Fernandez-Castano wins Singapore Open in playoff (cbssports.com)
- Fernandez-Castano wins play-off (news.bbc.co.uk)