Hainan Open R4

Fantastic Francesco claims victory in Hainan

October 17-20
Sanya Luhuitou GC, Donghai Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island, China
$350,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Francesco Laporta shot to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings after securing his first European Challenge Tour victory at the Hainan Open.

Hainan Open R4 - Francesco claims victory in Hainan
Credit: Hainan Open Official Committee

The Italian began the day with a two-stroke lead and a final round of 70, two under par, was enough to clinch victory on 14 under par at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, one stroke clear of France’s Robin Roussel, who finished second on 13 under par, and two ahead of Dutchman Wil Besseling and Germany’s Sebastian Heisele, who earlier aced the par three third hole on his way to a four under par 68.

The 29-year-old stayed in front throughout the final round, however he was joined momentarily at the top by Besseling following a two-shot swing at the 15th hole before the Dutchman then carded a double bogey on the 17th after hitting his approach into the water.

Laporta therefore had a one-shot lead with one to play and he calmly secured victory with a solid par at the last and duly marched to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings.


“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “It’s my first victory on the Challenge Tour and it’s just crazy.

“After last week in Italy, I came here just to play my best golf and I was aiming for a top ten. To come away with a victory is unbelievable and amazing.

“When I started this year, I just wanted to play my best golf and finish in the top 15 and now I’m leading, it’s just crazy. I’ll try to do my best to keep my place and finish top of the Rankings.”

Full playing privileges on the European Tour for next season are now secured for the man from Puglia and he had a taste of what is to come after finishing seventh – the leading Italian – at last week’s Italian Open, a Rolex Series event.

Runner-up Roussel is also certain to finish the season in the top 15 as he jumps seven places to second on the Road to Mallorca and Laporta is hoping to recommence battle with the Frenchman – and Besseling – on the top tier next year.

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“It was a great battle and a great game today,” he said. “I wasn’t that nervous because I knew a top three finish would have been enough for a full European Tour card for next year.

“It is an amazing feeling to know I will be playing on the European Tour next year and I am so happy.

“It was a great game with Wil and Robin, I really enjoyed it and maybe we can have another one on the European Tour.”

Besseling and Heisele finished two shots clear of Liu Yanwei and Adrian Meronk at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, as the Chinese and the Pole ended the week in tied fifth on ten under par, while Richard Bland, Rasmus Højgaard, Antoine Rozner, Ben Stow and Xiao Bowen finished in a tie for seventh place on nine under par.


Dutchman Besseling also has a chance of finishing in the top 15 on the Road to Mallorca after today’s tied third finish as he jumps from 40th place to 20th, while Heisele moves from 16th to 11th.

The Challenge Tour is now set to make its penultimate stop on the Road to Mallorca as the players make the short trip from Hainan to the Foshan Open, located on mainland China from October 24-27.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize money
1
LAPORTA, Francesco
-14
69
71
64
70
274
€ 50,341.60
2
ROUSSEL, Robin
-13
69
68
70
68
275
€ 34,609.85
3
BESSELING, Wil
-12
70
67
69
70
276
€ 20,451.28
HEISELE, Sebastian
-12
70
70
68
68
276
€ 20,451.28
5
LIU, Yanwei
-10
71
66
72
69
278
€ 14,158.58
MERONK, Adrian
-10
72
71
65
70
278
€ 14,158.58
7
BLAND, Richard
-9
70
67
71
71
279
€ 7,928.80
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-9
73
70
70
66
279
€ 7,928.80
ROZNER, Antoine
-9
65
75
71
68
279
€ 7,928.80
STOW, Ben
-9
69
73
66
71
279
€ 7,928.80
7
XIAO, Bowen
-9
69
68
74
68
279
€ 7,928.80
12
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-8
70
72
71
67
280
€ 5,978.07
13
ANGLES, Pep
-7
72
70
71
68
281
€ 5,506.11
LENGDEN, Oscar
-7
72
72
69
68
281
€ 5,506.11
15
ANTCLIFF, Maverick
-6
71
71
71
69
282
€ 4,112.73
EOM, Jaewoong
-6
69
68
77
68
282
€ 4,112.73
HILL, Calum
-6
71
70
73
68
282
€ 4,112.73
JIN, Cheng
-6
70
72
73
67
282
€ 4,112.73
MACPHERSON, Bryden
-6
72
67
75
68
282
€ 4,112.73
SANTOS, Ricardo
-6
73
69
68
72
282
€ 4,112.73
SENIOR, Jack
-6
72
71
72
67
282
€ 4,112.73
22
BAI, Zheng-kai
-5
70
68
76
69
283
€ 3,083.42
23
WILKIN, Fraser
-4
73
70
68
73
284
€ 2,989.03
ZEMMER, Aron
-4
70
71
70
73
284
€ 2,989.03
25
BALDWIN, Matthew
-3
71
74
71
69
285
€ 2,768.79
25
COUPLAND, Dave
-3
71
73
72
69
285
€ 2,768.79
LINDELL, Oliver
-3
70
72
71
72
285
€ 2,768.79
PERRIER, Damien
-3
68
70
76
71
285
€ 2,768.79
YEH, Yu-Chen
-3
70
68
72
75
285
€ 2,768.79
30
COUSSAUD, Ugo
-2
71
72
73
70
286
€ 2,485.62
GEARY, Josh
-2
68
73
70
75
286
€ 2,485.62
HE, Shaocai
-2
73
65
78
70
286
€ 2,485.62
SHARVIN, Cormac
-2
69
74
70
73
286
€ 2,485.62
34
CRAWFORD, Cory
-1
73
66
74
74
287
€ 2,233.91
FERGUSON, Ewen
-1
75
69
71
72
287
€ 2,233.91
KNAPPE, Alexander
-1
72
69
78
68
287
€ 2,233.91
YE, Jianfeng
-1
73
72
73
69
287
€ 2,233.91
38
COCKERILL, Aaron
PAR
72
72
71
73
288
€ 1,856.35
HAK, Shun Yat
PAR
72
70
75
71
288
€ 1,856.35
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
PAR
73
72
70
73
288
€ 1,856.35
JORDAN, Matthew
PAR
67
70
73
78
288
€ 1,856.35
KAKKO, Roope
PAR
71
73
73
71
288
€ 1,856.35
LIMA, José-Filipe
PAR
69
75
76
68
288
€ 1,856.35
MCBRIDE, Kade
PAR
74
71
70
73
288
€ 1,856.35
VAN DRIEL, Darius
PAR
74
68
76
70
288
€ 1,856.35
46
ENOCH, Rhys
1
76
69
71
73
289
€ 1,478.78
PAEZ, Nicolas
1
70
71
76
72
289
€ 1,478.78
PORTEOUS, Garrick
1
70
72
74
73
289
€ 1,478.78
SCALISE, Lorenzo
1
73
70
74
72
289
€ 1,478.78
50
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
2
71
70
74
75
290
€ 1,290.00
WU, Hongfu
2
71
72
73
74
290
€ 1,290.00
52
CHAO, Haimeng
3
71
72
71
77
291
€ 1,211.34
GLENNEMO, Jacob
3
71
73
75
72
291
€ 1,211.34
LIU, Enhua (AM)
3
71
73
77
70
291
€ 0.00
55
BOOTE, David
4
72
72
75
73
292
€ 1,116.95
FARR, Oliver
4
72
72
75
73
292
€ 1,116.95
SJÖHOLM, Joel
4
72
73
72
75
292
€ 1,116.95
ZHANG, Jin
4
69
74
77
72
292
€ 1,116.95
59
CHEN, Guxin (AM)
5
72
72
76
73
293
€ 0.00
YUAN, Kevin
5
71
73
73
76
293
€ 1,038.30
61
KÖLBING, Jonas
6
73
70
73
78
294
€ 1,006.83
62
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
7
72
72
74
77
295
€ 975.37
63
LIN, K.P.
10
71
72
77
78
298
€ 943.90
64
EASTON, Bryce
2
75
71
146
€ 0.00
ECCLES, Ben
2
76
70
146
€ 0.00
HAWKES, Simon
2
77
69
146
€ 0.00
LIN, Yung-Lung
2
75
71
146
€ 0.00
SYME, Connor
2
73
73
146
€ 0.00
TILEY, Steven
2
72
74
146
€ 0.00
YANG, Yinong
2
71
75
146
€ 0.00
ZHANG, Zi-Hong
2
73
73
146
€ 0.00
72
CANTER, Laurie
3
76
71
147
€ 0.00
CHEN, Zihao
3
72
75
147
€ 0.00
CHIEN, Sam
3
75
72
147
€ 0.00
GRONKVIST, Andreas
3
74
73
147
€ 0.00
HUANG, Wenyi
3
74
73
147
€ 0.00
LI, Linqiang (AM)
3
71
76
147
€ 0.00
McGOWAN, Ross
3
73
74
147
€ 0.00
STUREHED, Henric
3
75
72
147
€ 0.00
WHITNELL, Dale
3
71
76
147
€ 0.00
YAO, Xuefeng
3
76
71
147
€ 0.00
YIN, Yongxuan
3
71
76
147
€ 0.00
YUAN, Yechun
3
73
74
147
€ 0.00
84
FENASSE, Mathieu
4
70
78
148
€ 0.00
HE, Zeming
4
76
72
148
€ 0.00
LAMPERT, Moritz
4
76
72
148
€ 0.00
LUO, Xuewen
4
74
74
148
€ 0.00
OUYANG, Zheng
4
74
74
148
€ 0.00
SHE, Zihan
4
74
74
148
€ 0.00
90
JIN, Daxing
5
76
73
149
€ 0.00
POKE, Benjamin
5
68
81
149
€ 0.00
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
5
74
75
149
€ 0.00
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
5
72
77
149
€ 0.00
WIEGELE, Martin
5
71
78
149
€ 0.00
WU, Di
5
75
74
149
€ 0.00
96
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
6
75
75
150
€ 0.00
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
6
74
76
150
€ 0.00
JUNG, Woojin
6
76
74
150
€ 0.00
PIGEM, Carlos
6
78
72
150
€ 0.00
WU, Wenxuan (AM)
6
75
75
150
€ 0.00
XU, Guo-zhen
6
77
73
150
€ 0.00
ZHOU, Guowu
6
79
71
150
€ 0.00
103
CLEMENTS, Todd
7
82
69
151
€ 0.00
HAVRET, Grégory
7
75
76
151
€ 0.00
MA, Chengyao
7
75
76
151
€ 0.00
SU, Dong
7
75
76
151
€ 0.00
XUE, Han
7
71
80
151
€ 0.00
YIP, Linus (AM)
7
73
78
151
€ 0.00
109
MUIR, Kieran
8
76
76
152
€ 0.00
110
FORD, Matt
9
75
78
153
€ 0.00
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
9
77
76
153
€ 0.00
112
CHEN, Yilong
10
78
76
154
€ 0.00
FAN, Shiyu
10
81
73
154
€ 0.00
TERRAGNI, Cristiano
10
79
75
154
€ 0.00
THOMSON, Jonathan
10
72
82
154
€ 0.00
116
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
11
83
72
155
€ 0.00
LIANG, Enqi (AM)
11
75
80
155
€ 0.00
118
HUIZING, Daan
12
80
76
156
€ 0.00
SIMONSEN, Martin
12
77
79
156
€ 0.00
ZHANG, Changlei
12
78
78
156
€ 0.00
121
ZHUANG, Zhu
13
75
82
157
€ 0.00
122
HUANG, Chi
14
78
80
158
€ 0.00
ROBERTS, Oliver
14
77
81
158
€ 0.00
124
CHEN, Dinggen
16
87
73
160
€ 0.00
125
DICK, Jackson
22
87
79
166
€ 0.00
RT
BEARD, Hayden
7
74
36
110
€ 0.00