Tournament article

SMBC Singapore Open 2019

Finally, every group holed out on Round 3

From the beginning of the tournament, bad weather delayed and suspended play so many times. Every day, players had to finish off the remaining holes before they could start their rounds. Finally, on Day 3 all of the remaining Round 2 and full Round 3 were completed. Round 3 started in the afternoon, so all of the players started to move faster and faster, trying to beat the sunset. It was pretty dark when it all ended, but every group finished off.

With the low visibility due to the twilight hours, leader Yoshinori Fujimoto recalls the day as, "My ultimate goal was to finish the 18 holes. I am so glad that we finished. So glad that we didn't have another suspended round."

In all sorts of tough conditions, only trouble he had was at 5th, where he got caught in the sand. But he has done a great save on that hole, and he went on to eagle the 7th by hitting perfect 2nd shot with utility club from 270 yards to the green.
"Reason for today's success will be like first 50% is that I didn't have too much pressure on myself. And other 50% will be, I was enjoying the play with the world top players"

Long tiring rounds, but Yoshinori scored impressive 66. He also took every chance to learn from his playing partner, World 24 ranked Paul Casey.
"I was concentrating to learn from his golf, and I think I got good lesson."

Yoshinori's last win was in 2013, which was his 2nd title, and he has been away from the winner's circle.
"I can't win because I lack something. I must be grateful that I could play in the position that I am at."

Yoshinori is eager to make this his 3rd victory. It is only 4th year since SMBC became the sponsor for this tournament and has become Japan-Asia co-hosted event, but Singapore Open has been hosted 53 times. Within this long tournament history, Kesahiko Uchida in 1976 is the only Japanese winner.

Would Yoshinori be able to get his 3rd victory and become the 2nd Japanese champion of this tournament?