Golf star Kieran Vincent shines in Taiwan

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LINKOU, CHINESE TAIPEI: Kieran Vincent of Zimbabwe, points to his drive distance as winner of the longest drive competition ahead of the Pro-Am event on Tuesday September 19, 2024 ahead of the Yeangder TPC at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club. The US$ 750.000 Asian Tour event is staged from September 21-24, 2023. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Rising Zimbabwean golf star Kieran Vincent gave himself the perfect confidence boost ahead of his participation on the Asian Tour this week by winning the long-drive competition held prior to the Pro-Am tournament of the Yeangder TPC on Tuesday.

Vincent, who claimed his maiden Asian Tour title in Vietnam early this season, became the first foreign player, since Pakistan’s Hamza Amin in 2014, to take the honours thanks to a booming 358 metres (394 yards) drive.

LINKOU, CHINESE TAIPEI: L-R – Kieran Vincent of Zimbabwe and Bryan Hsu, VP Yeangder Group presents the cheque to the winner of the longest drive competition ahead of the Pro-Am event on Tuesday September 19, 2024 ahead of the Yeangder TPC at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club. The US$ 750.000 Asian Tour event is staged from September 21-24, 2023. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

His drive was well clear of second placed Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat’s best effort of 335 metres (366 yards).

Vincent is currently ranked third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit (OOM) standings after he tied for a sixth place finish at the Shinga Donghae Open in Korea recently.

LINKOU, CHINESE TAIPEI: Kieran Vincent of Zimbabwe, winner of the longest drive competition ahead of the Pro-Am event on Tuesday September 19, 2024 ahead of the Yeangder TPC at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club. The US$ 750.000 Asian Tour event is staged from September 21-24, 2023. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

The 25-year-old golf star shot rounds of 66,71 71 and 64 to close the competition on 16 Under par 272, three strokes behind winner Guntaek Koh from Korea.

Meanwhile Kieran is also ranked third on the International Series OOM standings, giving him a chance to emulate his brother Scott, who won last year’s International Series merit list and is now playing on the LIV Golf League for Iron Heads GC.

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