Foshan Open R4

Bai enters record books as Foshan Open Champion

October 24-27
Foshan Golf Club, Shishan Town, Nanhai District, Foshan City, China
$500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


History was made at the Foshan Open as Bai Zheng-kai became the first Chinese player to win on the European Challenge Tour with a six under par back nine securing victory at Foshan Golf Club.

Foshan Open R4 - Bai enters record books
Credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Bai signed for a seven under par 65 on the final day to reach 23 under par for the tournament, four strokes clear of Dou Zecheng who finished second on 19 under par, while Scotland’s Calum Hill finished with five successive birdies to finish third on 18 under par and return to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings.

However, the day belonged to 22-year-old Bai, who showed maturity beyond his years as he put Foshan Golf Club to the sword over the final nine holes and made Challenge Tour history in the process.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “Becoming the first Chinese player to win the Foshan Open is unbelievable. I’ve had a great week and I’m very happy.


“All the Europeans are good players and it just feels amazing to win this tournament. I’m honoured to become the first Chinese player to win on the Challenge Tour.”

Bai, also known as Bobby, set a new course record in the second round when he posted a bogey-free 63 and he drew on that experience as he came down the stretch with victory in his sights.

“I looked at the leaderboard around the turn and felt like I needed a few more birdies,” he said.

“My ball striking was good, my putting kept me going along the last couple of holes and I made a lot of birdies.

“I also played pretty well when I shot 63 on Friday. I made a lot of putts and my ball striking was really good. Everything fell into place that day.”

One shot behind Hill in a tie for fourth place was England’s Richard Bland and Germany’s Alexander Knappe on 17 under par, while Adrian Meronk, Benjamin Poke and Ben Stow shared sixth place on 16 under.

Christofer Blomstrand, Matthew Jordan and overnight leader Ricardo Santos, who posted a one over par round of 73 on day four, complete the top ten in a share for ninth place on 15 under par.

As Bai is not a member of the European Challenge Tour, he will not receive the Road to Mallorca Rankings points allocated for the winner of the Foshan Open and is ineligible to play in the Challenge Tour Grand Final next month. He will now travel to Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions next week.


One man who will play at Club de Golf Alcanada next month is Hill, who finished solo third to replace Hainan Open Champion Francesco Laporta at the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings, while Bland’s tie for fourth spot moves him to third place in the Rankings.

Knappe, who played on an invite this week, climbed 43 places to 46th position on the Road to Mallorca and just misses out on a spot in the Challenge Tour Grand Final, however he did secure full playing privileges for next year.

There is now a week’s break on the Road to Mallorca International Schedule as the top 45 players prepare for the final event of the season in Mallorca, where the leading 15 players will earn full European Tour cards for next season.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize money
1
BAI, Zheng-kai
-23
71
63
66
65
265
€ 72,013.68
2
DOU, Zecheng
-19
71
67
64
67
269
€ 49,509.40
3
HILL, Calum
-18
68
66
68
68
270
€ 31,505.98
4
BLAND, Richard
-17
68
66
69
68
271
€ 24,754.70
KNAPPE, Alexander
-17
65
65
71
70
271
€ 24,754.70
6
MERONK, Adrian
-16
68
66
69
69
272
€ 15,002.85
POKE, Benjamin
-16
70
70
65
67
272
€ 15,002.85
STOW, Ben
-16
64
69
69
70
272
€ 15,002.85
9
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-15
71
65
69
68
273
€ 9,901.88
JORDAN, Matthew
-15
66
67
73
67
273
€ 9,901.88
9
SANTOS, Ricardo
-15
67
66
67
73
273
€ 9,901.88
12
CRAWFORD, Cory
-14
66
65
73
70
274
€ 8,326.58
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-14
68
70
67
69
274
€ 8,326.58
14
KAKKO, Roope
-13
66
71
68
70
275
€ 7,201.37
LAPORTA, Francesco
-13
73
65
68
69
275
€ 7,201.37
LIU, Yanwei
-13
67
70
69
69
275
€ 7,201.37
17
CHEN, Guxin (AM)
-12
69
72
66
69
276
€ 0.00
FERGUSON, Ewen
-12
69
70
67
70
276
€ 5,137.40
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-12
68
71
68
69
276
€ 5,137.40
HEISELE, Sebastian
-12
69
68
70
69
276
€ 5,137.40
LIN, K.P.
-12
70
70
71
65
276
€ 5,137.40
SYME, Connor
-12
70
69
68
69
276
€ 5,137.40
XIAO, Bowen
-12
72
64
70
70
276
€ 5,137.40
YUAN, Kevin
-12
68
73
67
68
276
€ 5,137.40
25
EASTON, Bryce
-11
68
73
68
68
277
€ 4,095.78
25
ENOCH, Rhys
-11
75
66
68
68
277
€ 4,095.78
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-11
72
66
69
70
277
€ 4,095.78
ZEMMER, Aron
-11
66
72
65
74
277
€ 4,095.78
29
ANGLES, Pep
-10
71
70
67
70
278
€ 3,645.69
FENASSE, Mathieu
-10
70
66
71
71
278
€ 3,645.69
ROZNER, Antoine
-10
71
71
65
71
278
€ 3,645.69
SHARVIN, Cormac
-10
68
71
71
68
278
€ 3,645.69
SIMONSEN, Martin
-10
71
69
67
71
278
€ 3,645.69
ZHANG, Changlei
-9
73
67
70
69
279
€ 3,645.69
35
BESSELING, Wil
-9
73
67
70
69
279
€ 3,195.61
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-9
70
67
68
74
279
€ 3,195.61
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
-9
74
67
69
69
279
€ 3,195.61
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-9
69
72
68
70
279
€ 3,195.61
39
CANTER, Laurie
-8
75
67
65
73
280
€ 2,655.50
COCKERILL, Aaron
-8
69
70
70
71
280
€ 2,655.50
COUPLAND, Dave
-8
72
68
68
72
280
€ 2,655.50
FARR, Oliver
-8
66
69
71
74
280
€ 2,655.50
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-8
75
66
68
71
280
€ 2,655.50
MCBRIDE, Kade
-8
70
72
70
68
280
€ 2,655.50
SENIOR, Jack
-8
69
71
70
70
280
€ 2,655.50
TILEY, Steven
-8
66
71
72
71
280
€ 2,655.50
47
BOOTE, David
-7
68
69
72
72
281
€ 2,025.38
CLEMENTS, Todd
-7
72
68
71
70
281
€ 2,025.38
HUANG, Wenyi
-7
71
67
71
72
281
€ 2,025.38
ROUSSEL, Robin
-7
70
70
71
70
281
€ 2,025.38
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-7
70
64
73
74
281
€ 2,025.38
YUN, Sungho
-7
72
70
69
70
281
€ 2,025.38
53
PERRIER, Damien
-6
68
72
68
74
282
€ 1,687.82
PIGEM, Carlos
-6
71
70
71
70
282
€ 1,687.82
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-6
68
70
72
72
282
€ 1,687.82
WU, Hongfu
-6
72
66
70
74
282
€ 1,687.82
57
ANTCLIFF, Maverick
-5
72
70
70
71
283
€ 1,530.29
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-5
69
69
76
69
283
€ 1,530.29
YANG, Yinong
-5
69
69
69
76
283
€ 1,530.29
60
McGOWAN, Ross
-4
70
70
70
74
284
€ 1,395.27
STUREHED, Henric
-4
70
72
71
71
284
€ 1,395.27
ZHANG, Huilin
-4
72
70
68
74
284
€ 1,395.27
63
CHEN, Xiaozhong
-3
69
71
73
72
285
€ 1,282.74
YEH, Yu-Chen
-3
71
69
72
73
285
€ 1,282.74
65
HUIZING, Daan
-1
70
70
71
76
287
€ 1,215.23
66
HAVRET, Grégory
PAR
73
69
72
74
288
€ 1,102.71
JIN, Cheng
PAR
71
68
75
74
288
€ 1,102.71
LAMPERT, Moritz
PAR
74
68
75
71
288
€ 1,102.71
WU, Di
PAR
71
70
75
72
288
€ 1,102.71
70
CHEN, Zihao
1
71
71
70
77
289
€ 967.68
CHIEN, Sam
1
72
70
74
73
289
€ 967.68
CUT
72
BALDWIN, Matthew
-1
73
70
143
€ 0.00
BEARD, Hayden
-1
74
69
143
€ 0.00
GEARY, Josh
-1
71
72
143
€ 0.00
GRONKVIST, Andreas
-1
71
72
143
€ 0.00
HAWKES, Simon
-1
70
73
143
€ 0.00
KUANG, Yang (AM)
-1
75
68
143
€ 0.00
LIMA, José-Filipe
-1
74
69
143
€ 0.00
SHE, Zihan
-1
73
70
143
€ 0.00
VIRTO, Borja
-1
73
70
143
€ 0.00
YE, Jianfeng
-1
73
70
143
€ 0.00
ZHANG, Zi-Hong
-1
75
68
143
€ 0.00
83
CHEN, Dinggen
PAR
68
76
144
€ 0.00
ECCLES, Ben
PAR
75
69
144
€ 0.00
FORD, Matt
PAR
71
73
144
€ 0.00
JIN, Daxing
PAR
74
70
144
€ 0.00
LUO, Xuewen
PAR
72
72
144
€ 0.00
OUYANG, Zheng
PAR
73
71
144
€ 0.00
PAEZ, Nicolas
PAR
73
71
144
€ 0.00
SJÖHOLM, Joel
PAR
70
74
144
€ 0.00
SONG, Chao
PAR
74
70
144
€ 0.00
VAN DRIEL, Darius
PAR
71
73
144
€ 0.00
WILKIN, Fraser
PAR
70
74
144
€ 0.00
YAO, Xuefeng
PAR
74
70
144
€ 0.00
95
COUSSAUD, Ugo
1
76
69
145
€ 0.00
LIN, Yung-Lung
1
77
68
145
€ 0.00
MA, Chengyao
1
69
76
145
€ 0.00
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
1
74
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145
€ 0.00
YIN, Yongxuan
1
72
73
145
€ 0.00
ZHANG, Jia
1
75
70
145
€ 0.00
ZHANG, Jin
1
70
75
145
€ 0.00
102
CHAO, Haimeng
2
71
75
146
€ 0.00
JUNG, Woojin
2
74
72
146
€ 0.00
104
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
3
76
71
147
€ 0.00
LENGDEN, Oscar
3
72
75
147
€ 0.00
LINDELL, Oliver
3
72
75
147
€ 0.00
MUIR, Kieran
3
73
74
147
€ 0.00
ROBERTS, Oliver
3
75
72
147
€ 0.00
WHITNELL, Dale
3
73
74
147
€ 0.00
WIEGELE, Martin
3
76
71
147
€ 0.00
YUAN, Tian
3
71
76
147
€ 0.00
ZHOU, Guowu
3
73
74
147
€ 0.00
113
HE, Zeming
4
71
77
148
€ 0.00
LIN, Jiahao (AM)
4
75
73
148
€ 0.00
115
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
5
77
72
149
€ 0.00
116
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
6
75
75
150
€ 0.00
HAK, Shun Yat
6
75
75
150
€ 0.00
LIU, Enhua (AM)
6
75
75
150
€ 0.00
WU, Tuxuan
6
77
73
150
€ 0.00
120
CHEN, Yilong
8
77
75
152
€ 0.00
121
XU, Guo-zhen
9
80
73
153
€ 0.00
XUE, Han
9
81
72
153
€ 0.00
123
ZHANG, Boyi (AM)
16
79
81
160
€ 0.00
124
LIN, Singyin (AM)
30
90
84
174
€ 0.00
125
LIANG, Jiekun (AM)
31
85
90
175
€ 0.00
WD
MACPHERSON, Bryden
4
76
76
€ 0.00