Gunn on target in China

Mon 11 Aug 2014

Gunn on target in China

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August 11: Thailand’s rising star Gunn Charoenkul savoured a memorable week at the PGA Tour China Series’s Yulongwan Yunnan Open when he closed with a sizzling six-under-par 66 for a three-stroke victory on Sunday.
Gunn, who compiled a four-day total of 25-under-par 263,  fired seven birdies against a lone bogey to fend off local hope Zhang Xin-jun who had to settle for second place after firing three eagles in his final round of 67 at the Kunming Yunnan Yulongwan Golf Club.
One-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei took third place on 269 while three-time Asian Tour winner Anthony Kang of the United States finished four shots back of Hung to tie on fourth place.
Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat signed for a 66 to finish tied-seventh while Australian Scott Barr, who aced the sixth hole, stayed two shots back to finish in tied-13th on 276.
Pariya Junhasavasdikul, also from Thailand, tied his personal best of 61 after firing 12 birdies against one bogey to grab a share of 15th place in his PGA Tour China Series debut.
This victory marked the fourth win for Gunn this year.
“I’m really excited right now. My initial intention was to try all the new stuff which I have been practicing and see whether it was working. I played much better than I expected,” said the 22-year-old Thai, who turned professional at the age of 18.
Gunn admitted that he felt the pressure on the 16th when Zhang eagled the hole to trail him by one. “Zhang had a great second shot on the 16th, hitting to about 10 feet for eagle. He was only trailing by one. That was when the tension came up. I felt a little more comfortable playing on 18 after I managed to putt for birdie on 17th,” said Charoenkul.
“There were times when I thought I could run away from the field, but Zhang kept pushing me and he kept putting pressure on me. It was an enjoyable game and a great experience playing with him. He is a great player,” added the humbled Gunn, who had claimed a top-10 finish on the Asian Tour earlier in April.
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