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Shenzhen International 2017

Round 4 - Bernd Wiesberger wins in a playoff

April 24, 2017

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger survived Tommy Fleetwood's spectacular late assault and pipped the Englishman in a dramatic playoff to win the Shenzhen International on Sunday.

Wiesberger, who started with a three-stroke lead over the field, shot a one-under par 71 to aggregate 16-under and join Fleetwood who came up with the lowest round of the week, carding seven birdies and an eagle for a spotless 63.

"Tommy has had a great day today and I'm just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to," Wiesberger said after lifting his fourth European title.

"I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I'm up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on.

"It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently," said Wiesberger who displayed nerves of steel to save par on the 17th hole after landing in the water.

He took a gamble with his line on the 18th and narrowly avoided ending up in the water a second time, before making a good approach shot to allow him to two-putt his way to par and force the playoff.

The 31-year-old teed off on the same line over the water in the playoff on the 18th hole and played a stunning second shot to end up five feet from the hole, while Fleetwood took the safer option of playing onto the fairway and finished with a par.

Wiesberger kept his cool to roll in the clutch putt for a birdie to seal victory as rain poured down at the Genzon Golf Club.

Ross Fisher looked on course for a spot in the playoff going into the final hole, but a bogey on the 18th saw the Englishman finish tied in third place with France's Gregory Bourdy.

South Africa's George Coetzee also shared the lead after birdies on the 16th and 17th but twice he found water to finish in 11th place.

Round 3 - Bernd Wiesberger moves three clear

April 23, 2017

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International.

Wiesberger, who started the third round at Genzon Golf Club with a four-shot advantage, offset two bogeys with five birdies for 15-under 201 overall.

''I didn't start off really well,'' Wiesberger said. ''I hit a couple of crooked shots and left a couple of putts out there but then, from when I holed the putt on seven, I felt more comfortable out there and was rolling the ball a bit better.''

South African Dylan Frittelli was second after a 68 with a birdie-birdie finish.

Frittelli's countrymen Dean Burmester and George Coetzee were tied for third at 11 under, alongside England's Ross Fisher and American David Lipsky.

Wiesberger has been in impressive form the last eight months, having not missed a cut since the PGA Championship with seven top-five finishes.

Alexander Levy recorded the round of the week with a 64 and is tied at 10-under with Bubba Watson, Gregory Bourdy and Liu Yan-Wei.

Bourdy and Finland's Mikko Korhonen both had a hole-in-one.

Bourdy's tee-shot on the third took two bounces and rolled into the middle of the cup, cutting Wiesberger's lead to one.

Earlier, Korhonen aced the 16th in the rain-delayed second round with a four-iron from 220 yards.

Round 2 - Bernd Wiesberger leads as storms hit

April 22, 2017

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria fired a bogey-free 7-under 65 to lead by four shots when the second round of the Shenzhen International was suspended due to storms on Friday.

Wiesberger completed his first round in the morning after lightning also halted play on Thursday, and birdied the par-5 17th to get within one of the lead. He added another seven birdies in round two to get to 12 under overall.

''I was feeling comfortable when I was getting the ball on the green and rolling in well on the green,'' Wiesberger said.

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark carded matching rounds of 68-68 and were tied for second at 8 under.

Richie Ramsay of Scotland also had a 68 and was a further shot back alongside Gregory Bourdy of France (2 under through four holes) and overnight leader Bubba Watson (1 under through five).

Wiesberger has not missed a cut over the last eight months while claiming seven top-five finishes as he seeks a fourth European Tour title.

Watson had a birdie on the second in his first five holes, while Bourdy birdied the second and fourth and will have 14 holes to complete on Saturday.

George Coetzee, Scott Jamieson, and Jordan Smith were in the clubhouse at 6 under. Haydn Porteous was with them through eight holes.

In all, 75 players were yet to finish round two.

Round 1 - Bubba Watson leads weather hit day

April 21, 2017

Two-time Masters champion American Bubba Watson led the first round of the storm-interrupted Shenzhen International on Thursday after scoring six under par.

The clubhouse leader, ranked 22 in the world, clinched an early lead by shooting an eagle and five birdies before storms in the area suspended play for two hours in the afternoon.

"I hit a lot of good shots and a lot of greens, so I'm pretty happy with six-under. All in all, a great day and a good start, especially as we thought it was going to rain early on," Watson told reporters.

The 38-year-old is competing against other star players including South African duo Haydn Porteous and Dean Burmester, Germany’s Max Kieffer, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and France's Grégory Bourdy.

Play was halted for the night shortly before 7PM (1100 GMT), meaning 56 players will complete their first round early Friday morning before the second round begins for everybody.

Porteous, Burmester, Kieffer, Jaidee and Bourdy were hot on Watson's heels after they all completed the first round at five under par.

"Well that was interesting...It's not often you birdie more than half the course!" 22-year-old Porteous commented on Twitter earlier Thursday.

If the veteran Watson wins, it would be his second European Tour title and first tournament victory in over a year.

The father-of-two had lost over 15 pounds after making adjustments to his diet this year.

"I've been working so hard with my putting on getting more speed and getting the ball to the hole, to at least give it a chance to go in. That's what I did better this first round compared to the last couple of years here," Watson said.

Local favourite Li Haotong, ranked 151 in the world and winner of the Volvo China Open last year, completed the Shenzhen first round at three over par.

After Friday, there will be an elimination and only the top half best-performing players will compete during the weekend for the title.

This is the third edition of the Shenzhen International at the Genzon Golf Club -- the first Chinese course to host multiple European Tour events.

Scores

1 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -16 - 67 65 69 71 272
2 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -16 - 69 71 69 63 272
T3 FRA Gregory Bourdy -15 - 67 69 70 67 273
T3 ENG Ross Fisher -15 - 71 65 69 68 273
T5 USA David Lipsky -14 - 73 65 67 69 274
T5 RSA Dylan Frittelli -14 - 68 68 68 70 274
T5 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti -14 - 71 70 68 65 274
T8 FRA Alexander Levy -13 - 74 68 64 69 275
T8 THA Thongchai Jaidee -13 - 67 72 70 66 275
T8 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen -13 - 68 68 72 67 275
T11 RSA George Coetzee -12 - 70 68 67 71 276
T11 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -12 - 72 71 67 66 276
T11 CHN William Liu -12 - 69 71 66 70 276
T14 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -11 - 71 67 71 68 277
T14 GER Bernd Ritthammer -11 - 69 73 69 66 277
T14 AUS Brett Rumford -11 - 72 67 68 70 277
T14 USA Daniel Im -11 - 69 70 69 69 277
T14 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -11 - 68 73 69 67 277
T14 ENG Jordan Smith -11 - 69 69 69 70 277
T14 ENG Matthew Southgate -11 - 72 71 69 65 277
T21 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -10 - 75 66 70 67 278
T21 ENG Marcus Armitage -10 - 71 71 68 68 278
T21 SCO Richie Ramsay -10 - 69 68 72 69 278
T21 SCO Scott Jamieson -10 - 69 69 73 67 278
25 ESP Nacho Elvira -9 - 71 74 68 66 279
T26 USA Bubba Watson -8 - 66 70 70 74 280
T26 POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia -8 - 72 72 69 67 280
T26 SCO Stephen Gallacher -8 - 70 72 68 70 280
T29 ESP Alejandro Canizares -7 - 72 69 75 65 281
T29 ENG James Morrison -7 - 70 66 74 71 281
T29 NED Joost Luiten -7 - 71 71 70 69 281
T29 SWE Peter Hanson -7 - 70 71 71 69 281
T33 AUS Andrew Dodt -6 - 70 73 72 67 282
T33 FRA Julien Quesne -6 - 71 68 71 72 282
T33 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -6 - 69 70 72 71 282
T33 IRL Paul Dunne -6 - 70 72 70 70 282
T33 USA Peter Uihlein -6 - 71 70 72 69 282
T33 CHN Xuewen Luo -6 - 71 72 70 69 282
T39 RSA Dean Burmester -5 - 67 70 68 78 283
T39 SCO Duncan Stewart -5 - 71 67 74 71 283
T39 ITA Matteo Manassero -5 - 70 71 75 67 283
T39 FIN Mikko Korhonen -5 - 74 68 71 70 283
T39 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -5 - 75 70 71 67 283
T39 CHN Yuxin Lin -5 - 74 67 70 72 283
T45 FRA Benjamin Hebert -4 - 72 70 71 71 284
T45 RSA Brandon Stone -4 - 74 71 64 75 284
T45 RSA Haydn Porteous -4 - 67 73 72 72 284
T45 AUS Jason Scrivener -4 - 70 72 70 72 284
T45 GER Maximilian Kieffer -4 - 67 72 73 72 284
T45 FIN Mikko Ilonen -4 - 73 71 68 72 284
T51 NZL Ryan Fox -3 - 71 71 69 74 285
T51 AUS Sam Brazel -3 - 71 74 69 71 285
T53 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -2 - 71 74 71 70 286
T53 ENG Richard Bland -2 - 73 71 71 71 286
T53 FRA Romain Wattel -2 - 71 73 71 71 286
T53 CHN Zihao Chen -2 - 73 69 72 72 286
T57 SCO David Drysdale -1 - 70 72 73 72 287
T57 ENG Graeme Storm -1 - 74 68 74 71 287
T57 CHN Hongfu Wu -1 - 72 69 76 70 287
T57 CHN Huilin Zhang -1 - 71 74 70 72 287
T57 SWE Rikard Karlberg -1 - 74 70 70 73 287
T57 AUS Wade Ormsby -1 - 71 69 76 71 287
T57 CHN Zeyu He -1 - 72 72 70 73 287
T64 RSA Justin Walters 1 - 73 70 74 72 289
T64 USA Paul Peterson 1 - 74 71 70 74 289
T64 CHN Tian Yuan 1 - 71 73 71 74 289
T67 GER Alexander Knappe 2 - 74 70 72 74 290
T67 ENG David Howell 2 - 70 74 74 72 290
T67 FRA Gregory Havret 2 - 70 71 78 71 290
70 CHN Wenyi Huang 4 - 71 74 74 73 292
71 ITA Edoardo Molinari 5 - 75 70 73 75 293
72 SWE Joakim Lagergren 6 - 72 72 81 69 294
73 ENG Chris Paisley 7 - 72 73 76 74 295
74 CHN Dingfeng Liang 10 - 69 75 79 75 298
CUT CHI Ashun Wu 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT WAL Bradley Dredge 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT ESP Carlos Pigem 2 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT ENG Chris Hanson 2 - 70 76 - - 146
CUT CHN Daxing Jin 2 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT FRA Romain Langasque 2 - 70 76 - - 146
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT CHN Bowen Xiao 3 - 78 69 - - 147
CUT CHI Felipe Aguilar 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT CHN Guowu Zhou 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT RSA Jaco Van Zyl 3 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 3 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT ENG Paul Waring 3 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 3 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 3 - 78 69 - - 147
CUT CHN Zihan She 3 - 77 70 - - 147
CUT CHN Haimeng Chao 4 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ESP Jorge Campillo 4 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT FRA Matthieu Pavon 4 - 79 69 - - 148
CUT ITA Renato Paratore 4 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT AUS Scott Hend 4 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG Ashley Chesters 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT GER Marcel Siem 5 - 71 78 - - 149
CUT CHN Rongjian Tang 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT CHN Zeming He 5 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT ENG Callum Shinkwin 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT CHN Guangming Yang 6 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT CHN Haotong Li 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT CHN Jin Zhang 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT SWE Johan Carlsson 6 - 79 71 - - 150
CUT POR Jose-Filipe Lima 6 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT SWE Magnus A. Carlsson 6 - 72 78 - - 150
CUT KOR Soo-Min Lee 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT CHN Tuxuan Wu 6 - 78 72 - - 150
CUT CHN Weiyu Zhu 6 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT CHN Xinyang Li 6 - 80 70 - - 150
CUT CHN Xu Wang 6 - 73 77 - - 150
CUT FRA Damien Perrier 7 - 73 78 - - 151
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks 7 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT SWE Kristoffer Broberg 7 - 78 73 - - 151
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen 7 - 75 76 - - 151
CUT ENG Lee Slattery 7 - 75 76 - - 151
CUT CHN Lianwei Zhang 7 - 80 71 - - 151
CUT ITA Nino Bertasio 7 - 75 76 - - 151
CUT CHN Xiaofei Luo 7 - 74 77 - - 151
CUT CHN Yixin Xing 7 - 75 76 - - 151
CUT CHN Chun Liu 8 - 77 75 - - 152
CUT RSA Darren Fichardt 8 - 75 77 - - 152
CUT FRA Gary Stal 8 - 73 79 - - 152
CUT CHN Mu Hu 8 - 73 79 - - 152
CUT SWE Robert Karlsson 8 - 73 79 - - 152
CUT ENG Sam Walker 8 - 75 77 - - 152
CUT CHN Weihuang Wu 8 - 75 77 - - 152
CUT CHN Dinggen Chen 9 - 74 79 - - 153
CUT CHN Yan Sun 9 - 80 73 - - 153
CUT CHN Yinong Yang 9 - 79 74 - - 153
CUT CHN Yiyuan Mi 9 - 76 77 - - 153
CUT CHN Zheng Ouyang 9 - 76 77 - - 153
CUT CHN Changping Chen 10 - 75 79 - - 154
CUT CHN Dongyu Wang 10 - 75 79 - - 154
CUT CHN Hao Yuan 10 - 79 75 - - 154
CUT CHN Yi Cao 10 - 80 74 - - 154
CUT CHN Bin Yan 11 - 76 79 - - 155
CUT CHN Guiming Liao 12 - 77 79 - - 156
CUT CHN Jianfeng Ye 12 - 78 78 - - 156
CUT CHN Ren Han 12 - 78 78 - - 156
CUT CHN Qin Xu 13 - 82 75 - - 157
CUT CHN Qihao Pan 15 - 81 78 - - 159
CUT CHN Shang Zhi 16 - 80 80 - - 160
CUT CHN Fangyi Li 17 - 83 78 - - 161
CUT ESP Pep Angles 17 - 78 83 - - 161
CUT CHN Zehao Liu 17 - 84 77 - - 161
CUT CHN Haoyuan Lv 19 - 86 77 - - 163
CUT CHN Peiyi Tan 21 - 84 81 - - 165
DSQ FRA Sebastien Gros 6 - 75 3 - - 78
RET CHN Dong Su 6 - 6 - - - 6
RET CHN Jia Zhang 17 - 80 9 - - 89
RET AUS Nathan Holman 7 - 7 - - - 7
RET CHN Shaocai He 6 - 78 - - - 78
RET ENG Simon Dyson 11 - 11 - - - 11
RET FRA Victor Dubuisson 4 - 76 - - - 76
RET KOR Yong-Eun Yang 6 - 79 - - - 79

 





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