Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Chi-huang, 39, shot a calculated closing 68 to win the inaugural RMB800,000 Luxehills Golf Championship in Chengdu with an 18-under total of 270, the lowest winning score on this year’s Omega China Tour.
Liao Guiming, winner of May’s Sofitel Golf Championship, also shot a 68 to finish on 15-under, one ahead of big-hitting Yuan Hao, whose spirited challenge faded when he bogeyed holes 15, 16 and 17 before birdieing the last for a 69 at the Luxehills International Country Club.
China National Team amateurs, in matching blue tops, occupied positions four to six. Third-round co-leader Zhang Xinjun, 21, fell back with a 75 to finish 11-under, two ahead of 16-year-old Benny Ye Jianfeng, who shot 71, while 26-year-old Kevin Huang Wenyi also had a 71 to finish on four-under. Fellow team member David Wei Wei, also 26, posted a 73 to finish tied ninth on one-under.
The experienced Tsai, only the third player to win Chinese Taipei’s three ‘Majors’, started the final day level with Zhang, but pulled away with four birdies in the first seven holes.
“I played extremely well today and am happy with the way it ended. This is a great achievement for me, as I know I’m getting old,” said Tsai, who turns 40 later this month.
“I’m really looking forward to sharing this trophy with my wife and kids back in Taipei, as they’re always supportive of me whether I win or lose,” added the former Asian Tour regular, who moved to Shanghai in 2006 to coach.