The 2016 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Player of the Year Adam Blyth has come up just shy of a maiden Asian Tour win at the Asia Pacific Classic in China.
Blyth finished in a share of second at the China Tour co-sanctioned tournament at the St Andrews Links course in Henan, two shots behind American John Catlin.
Starting the final round one shot back, Blyth took the lead after seven holes with two birdies and a bogey while the overnight leader posted a birdie and two bogeys.
The pair were square at the turn after another Catlin birdie but the back-9 belonged to the American despite a brave effort from Blyth.
Catlin posted three birdies and no dropped shots on the way to the clubhouse while Blyth couldn’t keep pace, a bogey at 10 offset by two birdies to reach 14-under for the week as Catlin reached 16-under.
That was good for a share of second place for the 2016 NSW Open winner.
Rounds of 70-66-68-70 saw Blyth claim top Australian honours by three shots from Andrew Martin whose Thursday 66 had him leading through 18 holes.
A second round 72 saw him slip down the standings but solid weekend rounds of 70-69 saw him to a T5 finish and an encouraging start to his year in Asia.
A total of 17 Australasians from across the two Tours teed up in the tournament, Josh Younger’s T8 making it a trifecta of top-10’s.
Jack Wilson continued the good form he displayed before leaving Australia’s shores with a T12 result, a final round 74 disappointing in a week that can only be judged as a positive in the big picture.
Bryden Macpherson (T16), Steven Jeffress (T21), Matt Stieger (T31), Matt Perry and Ben Campbell (T43), Maverick Antcliff (T49) Gareth Paddison (T49) and Michael Choi (T63) were the others to make the cut.
Marcus Both, Deyen Lawson, Cory Crawford, James Marchesani, David Gleeson and New Zealand’s Fraser Wilkin all missed the weekend.
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