He struggled to find the fairway on the front nine and hit just four of nine greens on the back but New South Welshman Jake Higginbottom still shot 70 in the final round of the Asian Tour’s Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei.

Jake HigginbottomTied for 11th at Linkou International Golf and Country Club 12 months ago, Higginbottom’s struggles with the driver started to manifest in the second round when he hit just seven of 14 fairways and they continued on Sunday.

He found just two of seven on his outward nine yet managed to turn in 1-under thanks to 14 putts. He leant on his flatstick again on the back nine, getting up-and-down three times and chipping in at the par-4 15th and requiring just 12 putts to finish tied for 32nd.

West Australian Daniel Fox finished level with Higginbottom at 6-under for the week, Korea’s Yikeun Chang recording his first Asian Tour title courtesy of a scintillating final round of 6-under 66.

Fox and Higginbottom were the only Aussies to make it to the weekend rounds with Kiwi Ben Campbell’s even-par final round resulting in a tie for 35th, one shot behind the Aussie pair.

Asian Tour
Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
Linkou International Golf and Country Club, Chinese Taipei
T32Daniel Fox73-69-70-70—282$US3,800
T32Jake Higginbottom71-69-72-70—282$3,800
T35Ben Campbell74-68-69-72—283$3,550
MCTerry Pilkadaris73-71—144 
MCJosh Younger71-73—144 
MCDaniel Nisbet72-74—146 
MCZach Murray71-77—148 
MCTravis Smyth72-76—148 
MCSteven Jeffress74-79—153 
MCMarcus Fraser73-80—153 
WDJarryd Felton82 
RTDAndrew Martin76 
DQJason Norris71