06 February 2019
Homework For The Host Players
Danny Masrin was the only Indonesian player to survive until the final round of the BNI Indonesian Masters. This year’s US$750,000 event presented a challenging field coupled with a tough course.
Looking back at the past two Indonesian Masters, there was confidence that the Indonesian players could repeat their success again at this season’s BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN), PT Lautan Luas Tbk., and Bank Mandiri. However, the presence of two of the world’s highest ranked players, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, along with the Asian Tour champions and top players, made the competition field tighter than ever before.
After the first round, five Indonesian players who scored under-par hoped to make the cut, while another two Indonesian still had a chance after signing for even-par. Rinaldi Adiyandono and Asep Saefulloh shot the lowest score amongst the Indonesian players, 4-under.
However, during the second round, one by one, the Indonesian players failed to reach the cutline which was set at even-par (144). Danny Masrin was the only Indonesian golfer to make it.
"Today the wind was blowing hard and always changing. So it's hard to get the right wind. When we hit the ball the right distance, the ball suddenly changes. This happened several times. The approach shot doesn’t reach the green or even goes over the green. In addition, some pin positions are very difficult,” said Danny, one of the 66 players who played in the last two rounds.
Over the next two rounds, Danny made a disappointing performance shooting 75 and 79. He scored a total of 10-over for the four days to place at T64 in Indonesia’s most prestigious tournament.
"My goal in the Indonesian Masters was to play to under 70. My first round was 3-under par before it was suspended due to the bad weather. I continued the last three holes of the first round on Friday. I made 1-under-par (71). Since then I lost momentum and it’s hard to get up. Too bad indeed, every time you play in the Indonesian Masters the results were always unsatisfactory. In 2016 and 2018 I made the cut,” he explained.
After these be poor results, the Indonesian players have some homework to do to ensure they don’t just become spectators at their home nation’s biggest event.