posted on Oct, 24 2004 @ 10:57 AM
Terry Pilkadaris overcame a shaky start today to win the inaugural Shanghai Open – his first victory on the Asian Tour.
Pilkadaris shot an even par 72 on the final round to finish at eight-under-par, defeating Thailand's Boonchu Ruangkit by just one stroke.
"It's a big relief," Pilkadaris said of finally scoring a win after several near misses. "It's fun. I look forward to more."
Pilkadaris took a two stroke lead into the final round, but bogeyed the first two holes, missing a 7-foot putt on the first hole and knocked his
approach shot into a bunker on the second.
He recovered to birdie the fifth and ninth holes, then shot par on the back nine.
"The rest was pretty solid. There were no mistakes after that," he said.
Pilkadaris said the win helped make up for his disappointing finish at last month's Korean Open, where he led after three rounds, only to flounder in
the final and finish fourth.
Pilkadaris took second at his last tournament, the Taiwan Open – his best tour finish up to that point – before taking a break to get married.
Fellow Australian Marcus Both finished joint third in Shanghai, together with American Gary Rusnak at five-under.
Australian Anthony Summers and South Korea's David Kang followed one stroke back at four-under.