Golf: Gregory Foo shoots best-ever eight-under 64 to win S'pore Pro Series title

SINGAPORE – Course chatter was all about superlatives.

And there was a free flow of adjectives to describe Gregory Foo’s heroics at the Tanah Merah Country Club’s (TMCC) Tampines course on a relatively cool and windy afternoon on Tuesday (May 4).

On the final day of the FTAG-sponsored Singapore Pro Series Invitational, Foo, 27, snared an eagle and eight birdies in sensational fashion to win the event by two shots from overnight leader Mardan Mamat, who shot 69.

Trailing by three shots overnight, TMCC member Foo shot his best-ever score of eight-under 64 – his previous best was 67 – on the challenging course to reign supreme on a 139 total.

Foo bagged birdies on the second, fourth, eighth, 10th, 13th, 14th,16th and 18th holes, buoyed by a fabulous eagle on the par-four 392-metre seventh when his 52-degree wedge landed perfectly from about 100 metres and rolled into the hole.

No doubt, two bogeys – on the third when he three-putted and the 15th when he overcooked his chip from 15 feet – soiled his otherwise impeccable card, but they were easily forgotten for the champion who won $3,000.

A beaming Foo said: “I played great. Yes, I am familiar with the course with my regular rounds, but truly I never expected to return such a card. I enjoyed playing with childhood hero Mardan, from whom I am still learning a few pointers.

“At 53, and while fasting, for him to shoot a three-under score is to be appreciated. He pushed me right till the end, and I must thank him for it.”

Mardan, who had five birdies and two bogeys, had remained tied with Foo up to the 15th hole. He said: “When someone shoots 64, you got to give it to him. Foo has a great future because his ball striking is excellent and his short game and putting good.”

A taste of what the champion is all about came on the 15th hole when he executed a draw over trees from an almost impossible position to land the ball on the fringe of the green. But, sadly, he played bogey.

With Mardan too succumbing to a bogey on the same hole after a poor five-iron second shot because of a wrong read of the wind strength, the joint-leaders went into the 143-metre par-three 16th level-pegged.

Then came the turning point when Foo hit an eight-iron over water to three feet from the pin for an easy birdie that gave him a one-shot cushion as Mardan could only play par. And Foo stretched his winning lead to two on the 572-metre par-five 18th with a beautiful chip and a lovely putt from 10 feet that saw Mardan smile and fist bump the truly deserving champion.

Playing with the duo, Mitchell Slorach finished third in the 24-man field after a 72 on 146 while women’s professional Amanda Tan shot a 71 to claim fourth on 148.

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