Zhou Jun, 24, became the Omega China Tour’s youngest-ever champion after a closing one-under-par 71 completed his remarkable wire-to-wire victory in the RMB1 million Omega Championship, the circuit’s season-ending event.
The Tianjin-based pro finished with a six-under total of 282, a full seven strokes clear of Wu Kangchun, his former national teammate and playing partner for the fourth successive day at the Beijing Longxi Hotspring Golf Club
Wu, 27, also shot a closing 71 for his best result on Tour since winning last year’s Sofitel Golf Championship in his first event as a pro. Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yih-shin, 31, finished third on two-over after a 77.
Zhou picked up a cheque for RMB187,500 after winning the Tour’s richest event, which also helped him leap to third on the 2008 Omega Order Merit with RMB263,300.
Liao Guiming was also in celebratory mood after securing his first Omega Order of Merit title, having first led the money list in early September following his third successive top-two finish.
Liao, who finished 17th in Beijing after a closing 73, won a total of RMB375,125 to finish ahead of Zhang Lianwei (RMB330,000), the 2006 Omega Order of Merit winner.
Liao succeeds Li Chao, who could have won his third Omega Order of Merit in four seasons if he had won in Beijing, but finished fourth on three-over after a closing 72. The Beijing-born 28-year-old also finished fourth on the money list with RMB243,000.