New Zealand’s Luke Toomey has posted his second runner-up finish in three starts on the China Tour where he was one of only four players to finish in red figures at the Colorful Yunnan Classic at the weekend.
Toomey’s 2-under total was five behind winner Tuxuan Wu and one ahead of two other players on a demanding golf course which saw several scores of 80 and worse for the week.
With access to the European Tour’s secondary circuit on offer for top earners at the end of the season, Toomey’s hot start could pay big dividends later in the year.
He is one of three New Zealanders who have made excellent starts to the season, Fraser Wilkin currently seventh on the Order of Merit and Mathew Perry 14th.
Perry was next best behind Toomey at the weekend in a share of 11th place with Bryden Macpherson a shot further back and T15.
It was an impressive comeback from Macpherson who missed the cut last week with some uncharacteristically poor play.
The former British Amateur champion has tasted plenty of success in China in recent years and will be looking to improve on his 25th position on the Order of Merit as the season progresses.
Maverick Antcliff continued his steady play in China with a T19 result while Sydney’s Troy Moses will be pleased to have made the cut in his debut event.
Moses earned his card at Q-School earlier in the year but skipped the first four events of the season, T27 a pleasing result to begin his China career.
New Zealanders Fraser Wilkin (T47) and Kieran Muir (T60) were the only others to make the cut, Michael Pearce missing by one and Cory Crawford and Kevin Yuan by two.
Shane Kuiti battled to scores of 81-79 while Kade McBride withdrew before the tournament got underway.
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