Hong Kong: Australian Unho Park continued his love affair with the Ageas HKPGA Championship by claiming the title for the fourth consecutive year thanks to a flawless display at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.
Park, who held the joint overnight lead with rising Hong Kong star Mickey Chan Chun-hung, posted a course record 64 for a three-day total of six-under 206 and a four-shot victory over compatriot Scott Barr in second place.
Chan, 23, holed a seven-foot eagle putt at the last to finish third, a further shot back.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Park, who finished in 27th place on the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit. “I have no idea what it is about Hong Kong and this tournament. I’ve never won on the Asian Tour, but when I come here I always seem to end up winning.”
The Singapore-based Park, who collected a cheque for HK$85,000 [about US$11,000], got off to the perfect start with a birdie at the demanding par-three first hole and never looked back. Another birdie arrived at the fourth and a four-under back-nine, which included an eagle at the par-five 15th, meant he was able to cruise to victory.
“I played really nicely today and putted really well – I holed a few bombs out there. Hopefully I can continue this kind of form when I get back on Tour,” said Park, 41, whose next outing will come at the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Malaysian Open in early February.
Although he couldn’t muster the performance needed to overhaul the experienced Park, 23-year-old Chan was satisfied with his week’s work, which will stand him in good stead as he heads to both the PGA Tour China Series and OneAsia Tour qualifying schools in the upcoming weeks.
“I’m pretty happy with the way I played. Being in the final group is a great feeling – but there’s room to improve and hopefully I can do better next time around,” said Chan, who recently returned to Hong Kong after playing on the mini Tours in the United States after turning pro last year.
“It was great to play with both Unho and Scott. I really felt like I learned a lot from both of them – and this week has given me a bit more confidence in my game,” Chan added.
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