Asian Tour: Catlin makes top five, Mazzoli out

On the Macau Golf & Country Club course (par 70) Stefano Mazoli failed to make the cut for the first time

by Andrea Gussoni
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Asian Tour: Catlin makes top five, Mazzoli out
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The American John Catlin signed his fifth title on the Asian Tour in Macau, where he won with 257 (67 66 59 65, -23) shots in the International Series Macau presented by Wynn - the second of the ten "elevated tournaments" on the circuit – beating on the second play-off hole the Spaniard David Puig, player of LIV Golf, with whom he had finished the tournament on par (65 64 68 60).

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On the Macau Golf & Country Club course (par 70) Stefano Mazoli failed to make the cut for the first time, 85th with 138 (69 69, -2), after always cashing in on the previous three occasions (31st in Malaysian Open, 48th in the International Series Oman and 58th in the previous New Zealand Open).

Catlin, who shot a 59 (-11, one eagle, nine birdies) in the third round, becoming the first player to break the 60-shot barrier on the circuit, shot 65 (-5, six birdies, one bogey) and he was joined at the end of the fourth round by Puig, who scored a 60 (-10) with an eagle, a bogey and nine birdies, of which the last three in the final four holes gave him access to the playoff.

The Spaniard then missed a very accessible putt on the second extra hole and left the green light to the American, who made a birdie. John Catlin, 33 years old from Sacramento (California), professional since 2013, began his career on the PGA Canada, without success, then went to Asia first on the Asian Development Tour, with two victories, and then on the Asian Tour, with four titles between 2018 and 2019, before signing the current fifth.

A globetrotter by nature, he landed on the European Tour (now DP World Tour) where he left his mark by imposing himself on three occasions between 2020 and 2021. In Macau he was rewarded with a check for 360,000 dollars out of a prize pool of 2,000 ,000 dollars.

Behind the two protagonists the Australian Lucas Herbert, third with 259 (-21), the American Patrick Reed, fourth with 260 (-20), the French Martin Trainer, the New Zealander Ben Campbell and the American John Kokrak, fifth with 261 (-19), and Canadian Robert T. Lee eighth with 262 (-18).

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