Indonesia’s Rory Pleased With 9th Place Finish

From Jakarta Globe:

It’s not as impressive a finish as the one he had last month, but Rory Hie will leave the Indonesian Masters proud of his performance.

The 22-year-old shot a three-under 69 on Sunday and tied for ninth place with an eight-under 280 in a tilt Rory described “as one of his best weeks hitting the ball.”

Rory, the lone Indonesian to play over the weekend, did his best to give the home fans something to cheer about. “I missed only one fairway and I hit every tee shot pretty solid,” he said on Sunday.

It was his putting, though, that let him down. After an opening-round 68, he dug himself a hole on Friday by shooting a 74.

He regained some of his touch in the third round, scoring a 69, but he knew winning the event was out of his reach. “The second round was pretty bad for me. You just can’t have that kind of putting day out here, or else you get left behind,” he said.

“If it was a different second round, I think I would have been in contention. But overall, I’m very happy,” he added.

The golfer said he had “not been aiming for a win where [his] position was so far back Lee Westwood.”

“I was just aiming for a top 10 [finish] and I think I achieved that,” he said. Rory has carried Indonesia’s hopes so far this year in two events considered to be the country’s version of a “major.”

He placed solo second in the Indonesian PGA Championship last month for his best finish ever in a regional tournament.

That performance bumped up expectations for him coming into the Indonesian Masters at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

If Rory had caught some breaks with his short game in the Asian Tour event, he could have easily secured a better ranking.

“I just couldn’t capitalize on birdie putts. But overall, that was a good finish for me. I managed to put in three good rounds and that’s very good,” he said.