Leon D’Souza claims top placed amateur trophy with even-par score
Wade Ormsby prevailed from a dramatic final day in Fanling to claim his first European Tour title at the UBS Hong Kong Open.The Australian entered the fourth round a shot behind SSP Chawrasia and when he turned in level-par 34, he was four behind his Indian rival.
But Chawrasia then triple-bogeyed the ninth to bring a host of players back into contention and Ormsby held a two-shot lead as he stood on the 18th fairway at Hong Kong Golf Club.
In the group behind, Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the 17th to pile on the pressure and a closing three-putt bogey from Ormsby left the duo in a tie at 11 under.
Cabrera Bello then put his second shot in the bunker at the front of the final green and when he failed to get up and down, the title was Ormsby’s.
Alexander Björk, Paul Peterson and Julian Suri finished alongside Cabrera Bello at ten under, a shot clear of Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood who got the defence of his title off to a good start. Olympic champion Justin Rose and Masters champion Sergio Garcia finished in tied tenth and 19th respectively.
Ormsby played his first season on the European Tour in 2004 after coming through the Qualifying School and he has done that four times since in a career that has also seen him struggle with injury at times.
A fifth-place finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation ensured he eventually kept his card in comfortable fashion two minths ago and he will now have an exemption until 2020 after winning at the 264th time of asking.
The Australian’s thrilling win will also see him make a huge leap of 201 places in the Official World Golf Ranking, from 319th to 118th.
Wade Ormsby: “It was a bit of a weird feeling watching Rafa with a short par putt on 18 to make it a play-off. You don’t want to win like that but I’m sure a lot of guys have. I just missed one there, too. I don’t know, it’s not the way you want to do it, but at the same time you take them how you can get them.
“This feels amazing. I’m trying to hold it together here but I’m pretty stoked. Well, not pretty stoked: Very stoked. I played solid all day, hit a lot of greens but the putter wasn’t quite behaving. You saw that at the last which was disappointing to three-putt but you have to take them when they come so I won’t be complaining too much.”
Rafa Cabrera Bello: “It’s been a great week again. I came from playing great last year, I finished second here. I felt that I give myself a really good chance coming in today again. I’ve been battling till the last hole. There’s not really much more that you can ask yourself as a player than to have a chance coming up the last. The coin just didn’t fall my side this time.”
Paul Peterson: “It was fun out there – I really enjoyed it. I had another solid round going, another bogey free round, which always feels good. I was just happy with how many quality putts I hit coming down the stretch. I mean, any one of those could have gone in. I think that’s the difference some weeks whether you top five or win. Unfortunately, wasn’t able to get those to go in coming down the stretch, but hit quality putts that started on line, and they all got to the hole. So, you can’t ask for much more than that.”
Julian Suri: “It was a great week of ball-striking for me but on the greens, it was pretty disappointing. I would say all four days, I really left a lot out there. I feel like this is the best I’ve hit it all year, really. Gave myself a million chances and didn’t really make anything all four days. A little disappointing but I am playing some great golf right now.”
Alexander Björk: “That was a really disappointing finish. I was playing well the first nine holes, playing a little worse the back nine, but I had a decent chance on 17. The second shot on 18 just came out short and back in the bunker and I missed a short one for par and potentially a playoff. So, yeah, disappointing. It’s a very good week, of course, but I wanted to win, that’s for sure. I’m going to be disappointed for a few days but I will get over it and come back again.”
Ms Lo, Chairman and Head of UBS Wealth Management Greater China and Country Head of UBS Hong Kong, said “With the strongest field ever assembled, this year’s UBS Hong Kong Open promised excitement right from the start and the players delivered in spectacular fashion. The last four days have, once again, confirmed the tournament’s status as a world-class event in Asia’s world city and I would like to thank all of our partners for their tireless efforts in putting on another remarkable show.
“We are also extremely pleased with the success of our legacy-building initiatives around the tournament, with millions of dollars raised for charity, 1,000 school kids hosted to the event and our free admission policies attracting fans in record numbers. It is heartening to see the tournament continue to go from strength to strength, and we are all excited about what the future holds in store for Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event.”
Arnold Wong, Captain of the Hong Kong Golf Club, said “We’ve enjoyed four days of first class golf here at the Hong Kong Golf Club. Congratulations to Wade on a well-deserved victory, and also to the Hong Kong amateur, Leon D’ Souza who has played well all week, not least his five-under par third round score. I am sure his performance will encourage more local young players to take up the game of golf. Last year, we welcomed over 46,000 spectators to the Hong Kong Golf Club, and I am sure this year we will break that record. We look forward to welcoming both players back to the Hong Kong Golf Club in 2018 for the 60th edition of the tournament.”
269 W Ormsby (Aus) 68 68 65 68,
270 R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 69 68 64 69, J Suri (USA) 68 67 69 66, A Björk (Swe) 69 66 67 68, P Peterson (USA) 70 68 65 67,
271 T Fleetwood (Eng) 68 68 66 69,
272 M Jiménez (Esp) 70 69 70 63, S Chawrasia (Ind) 65 66 69 72, M Shin (USA) 67 69 68 68,
273 J Morrison (Eng) 71 66 68 68, J Rose (Eng) 68 69 68 68, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 70 68 68 67, T Detry (Bel) 67 69 66 71, C Sordet (Fra) 71 71 64 67, S Sharma (Ind) 66 71 69 67,
274 D Frittelli (RSA) 71 65 68 70, S Crocker (USA) 69 70 66 69, P Saksansin (Tha) 67 68 70 69,
275 L Haotong (Chn) 68 69 72 66, S Garcia (Esp) 69 71 66 69, M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 66 73 67 69, J Lagergren (Swe) 69 66 70 70,
276 C Paisley (Eng) 71 70 65 70, J Donaldson (Wal) 67 69 70 70, S Brazel (Aus) 69 71 66 70, N Bertasio (Ita) 73 69 67 67,
277 W Lin (Tpe) 69 71 70 67, D Chia (Mas) 68 71 70 68, M Kinhult (Swe) 67 69 68 73, R Wannasrichan (Tha) 72 69 67 69,
278 T Aiken (RSA) 69 64 74 71, R Evans (Eng) 71 69 69 69, E Molinari (Ita) 71 67 72 68, R Rock (Eng) 69 73 68 68, H Tanihara (Jpn) 72 69 70 67, S Barr (Aus) 75 67 68 68, R Khan (Ind) 71 68 70 69, K Horne (RSA) 67 69 76 66,
279 A Chesters (Eng) 71 70 70 68, R Karlsson (Swe) 72 68 69 70,
280 H Varner Iii (USA) 69 71 73 67, P Dunne (Irl) 71 71 66 72, C Hanson (Eng) 71 66 67 76, B Leong (Mas) 70 71 67 72, S Brown (Eng) 72 70 68 70, P Waring (Eng) 71 68 68 73, L D’Souza (am) (Hkg) 72 70 65 73,
281 C Hung (Tpe) 72 69 71 69, Y Chang (Kor) 69 70 71 71, P Oriol (Esp) 72 68 68 73, M Manassero (Ita) 72 69 69 71, J Choi (Kor) 69 72 66 74, L Wenchong (Chn) 71 71 70 69,
282 C Pigem (Esp) 71 68 71 72, T Jaidee (Tha) 68 71 66 77,
283 A Que (Phi) 67 71 72 73,
284 T Pilkadaris (Aus) 68 71 74 71, A Da Silva (Bra) 70 72 72 70, S Yongcharoenchai (Tha) 71 68 71 74, S Chien (USA) 72 69 73 70, W Ashun (Chn) 74 68 73 69,
285 S Hend (Aus) 73 67 76 69, M Kumar (Ind) 72 70 70 73, G Green (Mas) 69 68 74 74,
286 B Neil (Sco) 71 71 72 72,
289 P Pittayarat (Tha) 73 69 73 74, G Havret (Fra) 69 70 72 78,
290 R Gouveia (Por) 70 72 74 74,
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