Golf: China’s Wu clinches sec­ond Euro­pean Tour ti­tle

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ATZEN­BRUGG (Aus­tria)—World num­ber 222 Wu Ashun claimed his sec­ond Euro­pean Tour ti­tle af­ter emerg­ing from a topsy-turvy fi­nal round to win the Aus­trian Open by a sin­gle shot on Sun­day.

Wu, 30, who be­came the first Chi­nese player to win on home soil on the Euro­pean Tour when he cap­tured the 2015 China Open, started the day a shot off South Africa’s Zan­der Lom­bard at the top of the leaderboard.

He took vic­tory af­ter a clos­ing 69 to fin­ish the week on 13 un­der. Spain’s Adrian Otaegui fin­ished sec­ond on 12 un­der, with English­man Richard McEvoy an­other stroke back af­ter drop­ping his only shot of the day at the 18th.

Eng­land’s James Mor­ri­son was fourth and Lom­bard fin­ished fifth.

“I am very happy right now. It was a very ex­cit­ing fin­ish and I still can­not be­lieve it, but my play­ing part­ners were re­ally good to­day and the scores were very close,” said Wu, who slipped into sec­ond place when McEvoy birdied the 13th.

A match­ing birdie at the 13th moved Wu back into a share of the lead be­fore an­other gain two holes later saw him stand alone at the top of the leaderboard.

Otaegui fired a birdie at the 16th to join Wu at the top of the pile but the Spa­niard dropped a shot at the next and pars at the fi­nal three holes were enough for Wu to se­cure the tro­phy.

“At the 10th and 11th holes I just played two bad shots. I still kept work­ing af­ter that to do my best to make birdies and I did that,” said the Chi­nese. “I just kept fo­cused over the last putt and I talked to my cad­die and he said, ‘It’s no prob­lem, it’s an easy line so just putt it in the hole.’”—AFP

World No. 222 Wu Ashun kiss­ing the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Aus­tralian Open on Sun­day.

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