New Zealand rookie Nick Voke has taken just five tournaments on the PGA Tour-China schedule to secure a full Web.com Tour card for 2019 after recording his third tournament win at the Clearwater Bay Open on Sunday.
Entering the final tournament of the year fifth on the Order of Merit, Voke needed at worst to hold his position to earn one of the five Web.com Tour cards on offer. But a blistering opening round of 5-under 65 at the spectacular Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club put the field on notice and he closed out a wire-to-wire win with a 3-under 67 for a three-stroke win from Englishman Callum Tarren.
“It’s been a really awesome run of golf and I’m really excited to see what I do in the next couple of years. This win means a hell of a lot, to be honest with you,” said Voke.
“The first couple of victories I managed to come from behind, so to come out here with a five-shot lead and know that everyone is chasing me, it’s a different sort of victory. I’m very proud of how I handled myself and how I went out and played today. It’s absolutely the greatest pro week I’ve had so far.”
An Auckland native, Voke completed his college schooling at Iowa State University last year and turned professional early in the New Year, his astonishing run of form culminating in a card that puts him within reach of the lucrative PGA Tour.
Despite a disappointing 74 in the third round, Deyen Lawson completed an excellent week with a 2-under 68 that saw him finish as the best of the Australians in a tie for fourth, seven shots ahead of Andrew Schonewille and Kiwi pair Luke Toomey and Campbell Rawson who were tied for 25th at even par for 72 holes.
Max McCardle and DJ Loypur closed out their seasons in China in a tie for 32nd with Corey Hale and James Gibbelini one and two shots further back respectively.
Defending champion James Marchesani had a final round of 73 as he finished tied for 39th with Sam Earl, Kevin Yuan and Jack Munro the other three Aussies to qualify for the weekend.
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