When Australian Maverick Antcliff turned professional three years ago, he would never have imagined that he might win his first title as a pro in China.
Yet, it became a reality this weekend after finishing rounds 1 and 3 in first place, round 2 in second place, while three birdies on the front-9 helped Antcliff to a final round score of 15-under for a 16-under tournament total to win the Bo Ao Open.
Winning by a staggering 6 shots, Antcliff took home a total prize purse of ¥126,000.
Lin Yung Lung from Tapei finished second, and Lin Kuan Po from Taipei, Matthew Negri from U.S. and Yuan Yechun from China tied for third place.
Lin Yung Lung was pleased with his result. “The wind is strong and I didn’t expect a better performance. It is really out of my expectation,” he said.
Using a more conservative strategy, Lin Yung Lung’s performance was stable over the past few days, but “I think I could be better,” he said.
The past week for Matthew Negri was like climbing stairs. He entered Bo Ao Open from the qualifying competition on Monday. He was in 22nd place following the first round and had a clear run, finally giving his best performance in the final round.
Chinese player Xiao Bowen finished the second round in first place, totaling seven birdies in round 2 to become the most dangerous competitor to Antcliff. After two rounds of competition, 67 players entered the final and six Chinese players blazed their way to top-10.
Wind is always a powerful controller in Bo Ao, with some surviving and some failing against the weather. Antcliff proved to be strong minded, patient and insistent however with a bit of luck on his side, Xiao Bowen completed the tournament tied for sixth place, while Yuan Yechun made a late move to finish tied for third place.
As winner of Bo Ao Open Maverick Antcliff earned six World Golf Ranking points.
China Tour will move to Waning, Hainan Province next week for the Shenzhou Peninsula Open on April 25-28.
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