Volvo China Open - R4

Majestic Mikko motors to playoff win

May 02-05
Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China
CNY 20,000,000
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Mikko Korhonen claimed the second European Tour title of his career at the 25 th anniversary edition of the Volvo China Open, the Finn overcoming Frenchman Benjamin Hebert on the first play-off hole after a thrilling finale at Genzon Golf Club.

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“It’s an amazing feeling. I don’t know how I did it. But it’s probably the putter that was my winning formula this week. I made lots of putts from outside 15-20 feet this week. I made a birdie on 17 and gave myself a chance to win it on 18 but I didn’t manage to do that.

“But I was happy to get into the play-off. It was my first time in a play-off and I had nothing to lose. I just had to make birdie. Winning a golf tournament is never easy. It was a battle all day as everyone was making putts and I had to stay patient and do the same. It’s great to have this second win in the bag and I’m delighted.”

In an intriguing final day tussle, last week’s Trophée Hassan II champion Jorge Campillo, overnight leader Benjamin Hebert and Korhonen – all playing together – shared a three-way lead stepping onto the 17th tee, but the 38 year old from Helsinki nosed ahead with a crucial birdie four on the penultimate hole.

“It was disappointing,” said Campillo. “I finished as a champion last week, but I didn’t this week. I had the tournament in my hands but missed a few shots in the middle of my round which cost me the tournament.

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“Mikko played unbelievable golf today and it was just a shame I couldn’t join the play-off. Hopefully, I can hit it better with my driver the next time.”

Hebert, one shot back with one to play, decided to pull out the big gun and drove the green on the par four closing hole, two-putting for a birdie, a closing 69 and a 20 under total to take it down the 18th once again. 

“It has been a good week. It was a long journey from Morocco to China and now next to England. I’m happy though, finishing second. I missed the wedding of one of my cousins this week so it was very important for me to have a good week here.

“Looking at the way I played, I’m happy. Mikko played great today and he didn’t make any mistakes and putted well. I knew I had to make four-under to take the lead and win the tournament but I couldn’t and only managed a three-under.


“Mikko and Jorge had a great start and it was an interesting battle with them. I couldn’t really find my rhythm as compared to yesterday. I’m tired but happy. I’m still chasing my first win. I got close this week and I have to be more consistent and see what happens.”

The victory moved Korhonen to 17th , from 98 th , in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and earned him a place in the second Major Championship of the season, the US PGA Championship at Bethpage in two weeks’ time.

But Korhonen, who had signed for a 66, never flinched in the face of intense pressure and a chip and a putt were enough for a winning birdie three on the extra hole.

For Hebert, it was a second runner-up finish on the European Tour, while Campillo has now finished in the top three in five of his last six appearances. Li Haotong was the leading Chinese player after carding a six under final round 66 to seal fourth place outright.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-20
68
69
65
66
268
2
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-20
67
68
64
69
268
3
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-19
65
69
68
67
269
4
Haotong Li
CHN
-16
67
73
66
66
272
T5
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-15
67
71
71
64
273
T5
David Lipsky
USA
-15
65
72
70
66
273
T5
Romain Langasque
FRA
-15
67
69
70
67
273
T5
Jordan Smith
ENG
-15
67
70
69
67
273
T5
Ashun Wu
CHI
-15
66
65
72
70
273
10
Sean Crocker
USA
-14
68
68
72
66
274
T11
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-13
70
67
70
68
275
T11
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-13
68
71
68
68
275
T11
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-13
68
68
68
71
275
T14
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-12
69
71
70
66
276
T14
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-12
69
71
68
68
276
T14
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-12
69
67
70
70
276
T14
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-12
72
69
65
70
276
T14
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-12
65
68
72
71
276
T19
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-11
70
70
69
68
277
T19
Julian Suri
USA
-11
69
72
68
68
277
T19
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
-11
70
71
68
68
277
T19
John Catlin
USA
-11
66
76
68
67
277
T19
Berry Henson
USA
-11
70
70
71
66
277
T19
Sam Brazel
AUS
-11
68
71
72
66
277
T19
Marcel Siem
GER
-11
71
67
69
70
277
T19
Gavin Green
MAS
-11
67
72
68
70
277
T19
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-11
70
71
66
70
277
T19
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
-11
67
75
65
70
277
T29
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-10
75
65
71
67
278
T29
Enqi Liang
CHN
-10
70
72
66
70
278
T29
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-10
68
68
70
72
278
T32
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
70
66
73
70
279
T32
Carl Yuan
CHN
-9
68
71
72
68
279
T32
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-9
69
73
67
70
279
T32
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-9
70
69
69
71
279
T32
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-9
69
73
69
68
279
T32
Paul Peterson
USA
-9
69
72
67
71
279
T32
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-9
73
68
71
67
279
T32
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-9
68
69
68
74
279
T40
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-8
68
73
70
69
280
T40
Cheng Jin
CHN
-8
69
69
69
73
280
T40
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-8
68
69
75
68
280
T43
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
68
72
69
72
281
T43
Wenchong Liang
CHN
-7
71
70
69
71
281
T43
James Morrison
ENG
-7
71
69
71
70
281
T43
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-7
68
72
72
69
281
T43
Jianfeng Ye
CHN
-7
72
68
73
68
281
T43
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
-7
68
74
65
74
281
T49
Richard T. Lee
-6
70
69
69
74
282
T49
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
71
70
71
70
282
T51
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-5
68
69
72
74
283
T51
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-5
74
67
69
73
283
T51
Louis De Jager
RSA
-5
72
68
68
75
283
T51
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-5
73
69
72
69
283
T55
Yang Kuang
CHN
-4
71
71
69
73
284
T55
Hongfu Wu
CHN
-4
68
73
71
72
284
T55
Stuart Manley
WAL
-4
68
70
76
70
284
T55
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-4
71
71
72
70
284
T55
Romain Wattel
FRA
-4
70
72
74
68
284
T60
Micah Shin
USA
-3
69
70
71
75
285
T60
Zach Murray
AUS
-3
70
71
68
76
285
T60
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-3
72
70
70
73
285
T60
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
-3
69
73
72
71
285
64
Khalin Joshi
IND
-1
69
70
78
70
287
T65
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
71
71
72
74
288
T65
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
68
70
80
70
288
67
Scott Vincent
ZWE
3
70
72
78
71
291
68
Guxin Chen
CHN
7
70
72
77
76
295
CUT
Bowen Xiao
CHN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
67
76
143
CUT
Shiv Kapur
IND
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Viraj Madappa
IND
-1
76
67
143
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Zihong Zhang
CHN
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Changping Chen
CHN
1
73
72
145
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
71
74
145
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Wenyi Huang
CHN
1
71
74
145
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
2
72
74
146
CUT
Chieh-Po Lee
CHN
2
71
75
146
CUT
Daxing Jin
CHN
2
66
80
146
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
2
75
71
146
CUT
Sadom Kaewkanjana
THA
2
70
76
146
CUT
William Liu
CHN
2
74
72
146
CUT
Xuewen Luo
CHN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Yinong Yang
CHN
2
75
71
146
CUT
Zihan She
CHN
2
75
71
146
CUT
Andreas Groenkvist
SWE
3
77
70
147
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
70
77
147
CUT
Chengyao Ma
CHN
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jin Zhang
CHN
3
72
75
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
72
75
147
CUT
Zeming He
CHN
3
75
72
147
CUT
Zheng Ouyang
CHN
3
73
74
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Shaun Norris
RSA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
4
71
77
148
CUT
Chun Liu
CHN
5
70
79
149
CUT
David Gleeson
AUS
5
73
76
149
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
5
70
79
149
CUT
Dinggen Chen
CHN
5
74
75
149
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
77
72
149
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
74
75
149
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
5
75
74
149
CUT
Shiyu Fan
CHN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Jianshan Li
CHN
6
75
75
150
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Haimeng Chao
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Huilin Zhang
CHN
7
74
77
151
CUT
Jia Zhang
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Poom Saksansin
THA
7
82
69
151
CUT
Zhu Zhuang
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Chao Song
CHN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Dong Su
CHN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Dongyu Wang
CHN
8
76
76
152
CUT
Lianwei Zhang
CHN
8
77
75
152
CUT
Shaocai He
CHN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
9
76
77
153
CUT
Shang Zhi
CHN
9
73
80
153
CUT
Yilong Cheng
CHN
9
77
76
153
CUT
Tian Yuan
CHN
11
73
82
155
CUT
Tuxuan Wu
CHN
11
79
76
155
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
12
79
77
156
CUT
Bingwen Ma
CHN
13
78
79
157
CUT
Lu Sen Lien
TPE
13
77
80
157
CUT
Zehao Liu
CHN
13
81
76
157
CUT
Weiyu Zhu
CHN
18
79
83
162
DSQ
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-5
68
71
139
RET
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-3
69
69
RET
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
70
70
RET
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
0
RET
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
74
74
RET
Paul Dunne
IRL
4
76
76