Niall Turner wins on Asian Tour
By Niall O’Shea
Cork’s Niall Turner won his first Asian Tour event yesterday when he won the Linc Group Jakarta Classic in Indonesia. It was his first tour event since May and the Corkman came back with a bang. He carded a final round 73, and won the tournament by one from England’s Peter Richardson. A third round five under par 67 gave Turner a five shot lead going into the final round. Although Richardson shot a 69, Turner finished on top with by one shot margin. His final round 73 was the only over par round as Turner signed for a ten under par total for the tournament.
The Corkman who played his amateur golf with Muskerry was delighted with the win “I really needed this win. It has been quite grim in the last few years because I had a bad hip injury since 2011. That was the only thing holding me back. I was born with a defect in my hip and had to go through some surgery. My hip feels great now although I had to make slight changes in my swing. Winning a tournament really gives you the confidence. It will be an important few weeks on the ADT and I really want to get back on the Asian Tour. Hopefully I can stay healthy and continue my form.”
Turner has spent the past four years on the Asian Tour, his best year was in 2012 when he had a third placed finish in Cambodia, he also took home almost $50,000 that year.
The 30 year old who has been on tour for 6 years, had a full tour card in 2011 and 2012 but lost it in 2013. The injuries were mostly responsible for the drop in form but Turner returned this year on the Development Tour. The Corkman is now into the top ten in the order of merit and with a run of tournaments between now and the end of September Turner has a great opportunity to climb higher in the rankings and aim for a full tour card in 2015.