Jun Won Park wins Pearl Open after playoff with amateur John Oda

AIEA, Hawaii (Feb. 12, 2012) --Korean Tour pro Jun Won Park (71-70-68—209) battled Hawaii amateur John Oda (71-70-68—209) shot-for-shot in a thrilling two-hole playoff to capture the 34th Hawaii Pearl Open at Pearl Country Club. Both players completed 54 holes of regulation play at seven-under-par. The pivotal hole—as is so often the case at the Pearl Open—was the par-5 17th hole.

Oda, a 15-year-old Moanalua High School sophomore, eagled the 17th to vault himself into the lead. Faced with a 175-yard second shot, Oda fired a seven iron to within six feet of the hole and calmly stroked the putt in for a dramatic eagle.

Park, 25, playing in the group behind Oda, then birdied the 17th to tie him at seven-under-par, but could not birdie the 18th for the outright win. Third round leader Joji Nakamura, playing in the final group of the day, also birdied the 17th and needed to birdie 18 to join the playoff, but his birdie putt came up just short of the hole.

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Tournament for the Governor John A Burns Challenge Cup. Each year, approximately half of the Hawaii Pearl Open field comes from Japan's professional golf tour, along with the country's top amateurs. Roughly half will be comprised of top pros and amateurs from Hawaii, as well as the U.S. mainland and elsewhere. There will be 8 sponsor's exemptions and the final 8-16 spots in the tournament field will be determined via a qualifying round at Pearl Country Club. The field will be cut to the top 72 players (and ties) after two rounds for the final 18 holes of play.

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