A wild week of weather will likely be the lasting memory after Queenslander Aaron Wilkin finished tied for third at a Guangzhou Open reduced to just 36-holes on the PGA TOUR Series-China.
American Max McGreevy won’t be credited with an official tour victory after he was declared the winner following two completed rounds, the threat of storms on Sunday afternoon forcing organisers to cancel the scheduled third round when play was suspended at 10.39am.
Wilkin began the week with a 5-under 64 at Nansha Golf Club but thunderstorms that drew Wilkin and a number of other Aussies to the roof of the clubhouse to capture the light show were ever-present.
Each day of the tournament was affected by weather in such a way that the second round wasn’t completed until Sunday morning, officials deciding that the combination of time and more wild weather wouldn’t allow for a third to be finished.
Beginning his second round from the 10th tee, Wilkin was struggling on the back of consecutive bogeys at the 15th and 16th holes but got those two shots back in quick time courtesy of an eagle two at the par-4 18th.
Birdies at the third and fourth holes got him to 2-under on his round before a bogey at the sixth hole saw him sign for a 1-under 68 and a two-round total of 132, three shots behind McGreevy in a six-way tie for third.
The result was Wilkin’s best since he was tied for second at the South Pacific Export Radler PNG Open in 2016 and moved him up from 50th to 31st on the Order of Merit.
Sydney’s Kevin Yuan was the next best of the Australians in a tie for 21st with Tim Stewart, James Marchesani and Bryden Macpherson each a further shot back in a tie for 26th.
|PGA TOUR Series-China|
|Nansha Golf Club|
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