Turner wins Faldo UAE event with record 65
Matthew Turner of Dubai shot a course-record 65 at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club on his way to victory in the Faldo Series Asia (FSA) championship in UAE today.
With morning fog reducing the tournament to 27 holes, the 16-year-old Turner finished on a 10-under-par 98 total to convincingly defend his title and earn himself a return trip to Mission Hills in China for the FSA grand final.
The highlight of Turner’s seven-under-par 65 was an eagle on the par four 15th having driven the green. He also carded six birdies and only one bogey and was naturally delighted: “I feel really good about today’s win because I haven’t been playing too well recently. It was one of my best rounds ever but could have been even better as I was level par on the par fives. Having been to the FSA grand final last year, I feel I’m better set this year to do well and I’ll also be coming up with some good questions for Nick Faldo between now and then.”
Joining Turner in China for the FSA grand final, to be hosted by Nick Faldo on December 12-14 are the three other gold medallists from UAE: Sean Thornberry, Daniel Hendry and another finalist from last year, Biren Day.
Supported by Mission Hills, The R&A and UBS, the FSA UAE championship was the sixth of 11 FSA events in 2007 in nine different countries, including three in China plus one in each of Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and UAE.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, over 60 of Asia’s brightest prospects will qualify for the 2007 FSA grand final on the Faldo course at Mission Hills. Not only will they have the opportunity to learn from Faldo; they will also be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the 2006 champion, 18-year-old Nakarin Ratanakul of Thailand, whose victory earned him a game with Faldo, a place in the Faldo Series grand final in Europe and, courtesy of the Asian Tour, a start in the Volvo Masters of Asia and a scholarship to stage one of Asian Tour qualifying school.
Leading final scores: 98 – Matthew Turner; 108 – Sean Thornberry; 112 – Daniel Hendry, Biren Day; 114 – Eric Hesson, Khalid Yousuf. For a full list of results visit www.ugagolf.com
For information on the Faldo Series Asia visit www.nickfaldo.com
October 16, 2007