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November 26, 2017

Asian and European Tour – Hong Kong Open

Wade Ormsby prevailed from a dramatic final day in Fanling to claim victory at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

It was sweet relief for Ormsby as his last win on the Asian Tour dated back to 2013 and his victory at the Hong Kong Golf Club was also his first on the European Tour after 263 starts

The Australian entered the fourth round a shot behind SSP Chawrasia and when he turned in level-par 34, he was four behind his Indian rival.

The long-time leader then triple-bogeyed the ninth to bring a host of players back into contention and Ormsby held a two-shot lead as he stood on the 18th fairway at Hong Kong Golf Club.

In the group behind, Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the 17th to pile on the pressure and a closing three-putt bogey from Ormsby left the duo in a tie at 11 under.

Cabrera Bello then put his second shot in the bunker at the front of the final green and when he failed to get up and down, the title was Ormsby's.

Alexander Björk, Paul Peterson and Julian Suri finished alongside Cabrera Bello at ten under, a shot clear of Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood who got the defence of his title off to a good start.

Ormsby played his first season on the European Tour in 2004 after coming through the Qualifying School and he has done that four times since in a career that has also seen him struggle with injury at times.

A fifth-placed finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation ensured he eventually kept his card in comfortable fashion last season and he will now have an exemption until 2020 after winning at the 264th time of asking.

"It means a lot to me," said a tearful Ormsby. "I've played a lot of golf in Europe, everywhere, and a few bumps along the way but it's pretty cool to get a win this late in your career.

"A few of my are mates over there so that makes it pretty special, having mates around makes it all the more special.

"I probably won't sleep too much on that flight on the way to Oz tonight."

PGA Tour of Australasia – Emirates Australian Open

22-year-old New South Welshman Cameron Davis has trumped a leaderboard full of PGA TOUR stars to win the Emirates Australian Open.

Cameron DavisStarting the day, six shots back of overnight leader and World Number 12 Jason Day, Davis fired a phenomenal 7-under 64 to win his first professional title on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.

“It’s a little bit numb at the moment, I think. I just didn’t expect to be in this situation, even though I had a great round, I just didn’t think I was going to be far enough up the leaderboard,” said Davis.

“I didn’t look at the leaderboard all day; that was probably good for me to do. I just kept on going, just tried to keep playing my game and just keep pushing and pushing and see how far up I could get really.

“I didn’t even see the leaderboard before I hit that putt on the last hole. I made that, and I thought, I’ll be up around the top, but to come into the scorer’s hut and see where I was at, I was kind of blown away. I had no idea I was going to be there.”

Davis began his campaign on Thursday firing an opening round of 63 to lead before over par rounds of 72 and 74 on Friday and Saturday dropped him down the leaderboard.

However his talent shone through at The Australian today as he fired five birdies, an eagle and bogey to capture the Stonehaven Cup by one shot from fellow New South Welshman Matt Jones and Swede Jonas Blixt.

A further shot back on 9-under the card was Queenslander Cameron Smith and another stroke off the pace at 8-under the card was Day who rounded out the top-5.

The four players to finish behind Davis at the Emirates Australian Open are all PGA TOUR winners which highlights a bright future lies ahead for the newly crowned champion.

“Now that I know I can go and play my best golf in a situation like this, it’s a massive boost for the future,” said Davis.

Japan Golf Tour – Casio World Open

 

Asian Development Tour – PGM GlobalOne Championship

Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek overcame the strong challenge from countryman Kasidit Lepkurte to win the weather-shortened PGM GlobalOne Championship by one shot on Saturday.

Panuwat and Kasidit were neck-to-neck before Panuwat gained a two-shot lead after the 17th hole which he birdied and his challenger bogeyed. Panuwat eventually romped to his fourth Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after closing with a five-under-par 67.

Kasidit, who won his first ADT title this October, settled for second place despite making birdie on the 18th hole at the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) event.

Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul (67) and Pitipat Pitimana-Aree (68) shared third place alongside Scotland’s James Byrne who returned with a 71.

“I was pretty confident today since my game felt good going into this tournament. I did not think about the score at all eventhough I was aware of me and Kasidit being tied on the 17th hole,” said the four-time ADT champion.

“I feel really good about how I played today. My irons were accurate and I gave myself a lot of birdie chances. The 17th was the most important hole for me and after Kasidit bogeyed I felt more comfortable going into the 18th hole and just playing my own game,” added Panuwat.

 

 





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