Australian golfer Wade Ormsby has claimed his maiden European Tour victory winning the 2017 Hong Kong Open in dramatic fashion for on Sunday night.
Ormsby was 12 under and two shots ahead heading into the last, but bogeyed the final hole to head into the clubhouse at 11-under par, even with Rafa Cabrera Bello who was playing in the group behind.
He now has European Tour exemption until the end of 2020.
“It means a lot to me,” said 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.”
Cabrera Bello, who started the day in the final pairing on 9 under, got off to a rocky start with a bogey on the third hole. He bounced back on the back half of the course to close on the leaders.
A birdie on the 17th had him draw level with Ormsby for the lead.
A par on the 18th would have forced a play-off but his second shot into the bunker made for a difficult putt for par that the Scottish Open champion missed, handing the win to Ormsby.
“Feels amazing, mate. Just trying to hold it together here. Yeah, pretty stoked. Well, not pretty stoked: Very stoked.
“I played solid all day. Just tried to keep pumping it out. Hit a lot of greens. Putter wasn’t quite behaving but just played solid. Sometimes that’s good enough. A bit disappointing to three-putt the last, but it’s a tricky pin down there. Anyway, good enough.”
Ormsby shot 68 for an overall total of 11-under 269, while Cabrera Bello finished in a group of four tied for second after a 69, finishing a stroke back with Americans Julian Suri (66) and Paul Peterson (67) and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork (68).
“It’s been a great week again. I came from playing great last year, I finished second here. I felt that I give myself a really good chance coming in today again,” said Cabrera Bello. “I’ve been battling ‘till the last hole. There’s not really much more that you can ask yourself as a player than to have a chance coming up the last. The coin just didn’t fall my side this time.” Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood of Britain finished sixth on 9 under 271.
Previous winner Miguel Angel Jimenez, who shot the lowest round of the tournament with a 63, finished on 8-under 272 to tie with early pace setter S. S. P Chawrasia of India and American Micah Lauren Shin.
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