Koreans make clean sweep of Asian Games gold
Korea have taken the lead in the all-time gold medal table of the
Asian Games golf competition following an unprecedented sweep of
gold medals in all four events - the men's and women's individual
and men's and women's team - at Doha Golf Club. The Koreans have
now won eight golden golf medals compared to seven for Japan and
five for Chinese Taipei.
Kim Kyung Tae claimed the gold medal in the mens individual
golf competition after firing a final round of 70 for a total score
of 276 (12 under par) to beat Chinese Taipeis Pan Cheng Tsung
(277) by one stroke.
Michael Eric Bibat of the Philippines was awarded the bronze medal
on countback after shooting a 70 to finish with 279 points
level with Singapores Choo Tze Huang and Kim Do Hoon Sr. of
With three Koreans finishing in the top six of the individual tournament
they stormed away with the team gold with 836 points, ahead of India
(849) who jumped into the silver medal position on the last day
and Chinese Taipei (850) who finished in third place.
With scoring difficult in blustery conditions, movement on the
leaderboard was slow, but Kim secured the gold medal on the back
nine after coming back in 34 shots compared to 36 for Pan.
The 15 year-old Chinese Taipei talent lost his one shot lead on
the par 3 13th when he found a bunker and could only manage a double
bogey, while Kim notched a birdie for a three stroke swing.
Trailing by two shots, Pan reduced the deficit by one with a birdie
at the 17th, but could not find another at the last to tie the competition,
leaving Kim a short putt for par to secure the gold medal.
I came from behind on the 13th, said a delighted Kim.
I began feeling the pressure, especially towards the end of
the round. But in many ways the wind helped me, because once I had
the lead it made it hard for others to make birdies and catch up.
I have not turned pro yet, but will turn pro next year. I
first want to be recognised as a good player in Korea, so I will
play there for a while first. I also have to go home now and hit
the books for my final exam. So Im on a bit of a tight schedule,
Teenager Pan looked back philosophically on his experience and
said, I didn't feel any pressure from the Koreans, the main
problem was the wind. It was strong, which made it difficult to
I am still very happy with the silver medal. Ill just
have to work harder and train hard when I go back home.
Meanwhile, a stunned Bibat who shot a 70 on the final day
was shocked to receive the bronze medal and remarked, Im
very pleased to win the bronze for me its like a gold
medal. I was surprised when I found out that I had won the bronze
because three golfers had nine under par. Its a pleasant gift
for me from Doha.
December 11, 2006