Tianjin, China; September 28, 2008: Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Chi-huang grabbed his second successive Omega China Tour victory, and an early birthday present, with a one-stroke victory over teenager James Su Dong at the RMB800,000 Tianjin Championship, the penultimate event of the season.
Tsai became only the third player to win back-to-back events on the Omega China Tour, following Zhang Lianwei and Li Chao, who both achieved the feat last year.
On a nervy final day at the Yangliuqing Golf Club, Tsai, who turns 40 on Monday, closed with a one-over-par 73 for a one-over total of 289, while the 18-year-old Su shot a 76.
Hsu Mong-nan, Tsai’s compatriot and the third player in the final flight, birdied the last hole for a 73 to finish third on four-over and rack up his fourth top-five result in his five Omega China Tour events this year, which includes victory in May’s Shanghai Championship.
Tsai, a former Asian Tour regular, started the day two strokes behind but drew level at the turn after Su had racked up a bogey and a double on holes eight and nine at the tricky 7,345-yard, tree-lined championship layout.
“Earlier this month, I had my Chinese Lunar Calendar birthday on the final day of the Luxehills Golf Championship in Chengdu, which I celebrated with a trophy. Now I have an early present ahead of my 40th birthday,” said the Shanghai-based Tsai, who picked up another cheque for RMB150,000.