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On a perfect day for golf, finalists Chris Tsui and Max Wong both started shakily, exchanging the first four holes in which Max had two double bogeys. They then settled down and played some fine golf for the rest of the morning round. Chris had got to the turn 2-up after a spectacular birdie on the 6th and a win on the 9th where Max found water. Max hit back with a two-putt birdie on the 10th and another birdie on 13. Chris went 1up again with his two-putt birdie on the 14th and held this lead at lunch.
With a solid par-par-birdie start to his afternoon round, Chris was again 2-up. Sadly, this was his last hurrah. 3 putts from long range lost him the 4th. An unfortunate flier from the rough on the 5th led to a double bogey. Match all square. The 9th and 10th holes were the turning points. On the 9th, Max played a brilliant shot from the fairway bunker on to the green while Chris overshot the green and could not save par. On the par-five 10th, Max got down in two from off the green for a birdie, while Chris three-putted, wasting a fine second shot on to the green. He was unfortunate that his long putt required him to putt across the fringe perilously close to the pond. Chris had another bad break on the par-three 13th when his fine tee shot caught a gust of wind and sailed over the green into a nearly unplayable position, resulting in Max going three up. Although Chris hit back at the very next hole with a birdie, he remained 2-down playing the difficult 16th. Here Max put his second shot dead to the pin for a conceded birdie, sealing his 8th win in the Championship. In the end, Max’s greater experience told, but Chris is a very fine player indeed, and will undoubtedly become Champion in the not too distant future.
In the Junior division for players with a handicap of 10 and over, Ken Anderson retained the title he won last year by beating leading qualifier William Doo Jr. 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final.
Chris Tsui (left) and Max Wong (right) at the 2018 Hong Kong *ROI &OXE &KDPSLRQVKLS