China Amateur Yuan Triumphs in Qingdao
Yechun “Carl” Yuan of China closed with back-to-back birdies to secure a dramatic onestroke victory at the Qingdao Championship and become the second amateur to win a
PGA TOUR Series-China title.
The 21-year-old started the day with a two-shot lead and carded an even-par 72 at Tiger Beach Golf Links to finish 6-under, one ahead of England’s Callum Tarren (69). Yuan, who played college golf for the University of Washington for three years, was competing in Sunday’s final group for his third successive event on the
Tour and was delighted to win after previous closing rounds of 71 left him tied 18th at last month’s Kunming Championship and joint third at last week’s
Yuan was also pleased to become only the second amateur to win on the Tour and follow in the footsteps of longtime
China teammate Cheng Jin, who was 16 when he won the Nine Dragons Open in Zhejiang province in 2014. The pair will represent China in the upcoming Asian Games, which will be held in Indonesia this month.