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.
The long-time leader 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.
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-placed finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation ensured he eventually kept his card in comfortable fashion last season and the 37 year old will now have an exemption until 2020 after winning at the 264th time of asking.
"It means a lot to me," said a tearful Ormsby. "I've played a lot of golf in Europe, everywhere, and a few bumps along the way but it's pretty cool to get a win this late in your career.
"I didn't think it would take this long but first one's always pretty special. I said at the start of last year, I want to play a Major and win a tournament before my career is done so I've done both those things this year. I'm really happy about that.
"A few of my are mates over there so that makes it pretty special, having mates around makes it all the more special. I probably won't sleep too much on that flight on the way to Oz tonight."
For Cabrera Bello it was a second season of heartbreak on the last at this event after Sam Brazel birdied the 18th to consign him to a runners-up finish 12 months ago.
Ormsby birdied the third and bogeyed the fifth on the front nine but Chawrasia - who had led since Thursday morning - looked to be in cruise control as he missed a host of chances while also making gains on the second, third and eighth.
His triple-bogey blew the contest wide open, however, and all of a sudden Swede Björk was in top spot after turning in 30 with five birdies and a bogey.
Ormsby was two shots behind at that point but he birdied the tenth and 14th to share the lead with Björk and Suri, who had made five birdies including a monster putt on the 12th.
The American dropped out of the lead as he failed to get up and down from a bunker on the 17th and after missing from seven feet on the 16th, Ormsby put his approach to the next to five feet to hit the front and set up the dramatic finale.
Spaniard Cabrera Bello was one over for his round at the turn but birded the 11th and 13th, while America's Peterson birdied the fifth, tenth and 13th.
Englishman Fleetwood had 17 pars and a single bogey on the 17th in his round to sit a shot ahead of four-time winner at this event Miguel Ángel Jiménez who carded a stunning 63.
The 53 year old became the oldest winner in European Tour history here in the first staging of the 2014 season - a record he a would break again in that campaign - and he continued to roll back the years.
The Spaniard birdied the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, tenth, 16th and 17th to sit alongside Chawrasia and American Micah Lauren Shin at eight under.
Via: European Tour
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