Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned in Hong Kong

Mon 12 Dec 2016

Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong, December 12: The five takeaways from the recently-concluded UBS Hong Kong Open, which saw Australia’s Sam Brazel claiming his maiden professional title and Scott Hend lifting the Asian Tour Order of Merit trophy, also for the first time in his career.
SAm Brazel Sam Brazel of Australia with the winner's trophyof Australia with the winner's trophy Sam Brazel of Australia
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1[/dropcap]The UBS Hong Kong Open title was Brazel’s first victory since turning professional in 2002. He has never won a four-round tournament prior to his win in Hong Kong. A long wait for the 37-year-old Australian indeed but it’s definitely all worthwhile!
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2[/dropcap]Brazel’s win propelled him to a career-high seventh place on the Order of Merit. His season’s haul swelled to US$432,394 after taking home the winner’s prize purse of US$333,330. He also jumped from 480th to 147th on the Official World Golf Ranking following his victory.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3[/dropcap]Scott Hend was also crowned the 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion at the season-ending UBS Hong Kong Open. He is the first Australian to win the title.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4[/dropcap]With a season’s haul of US$1,004,792, Hend also became the fourth player to surpass US$1 million in earnings during a single season.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5[/dropcap] Players who finished inside top-62 on the final Order of Merit secure playing rights for 2017. Thailand's Poom Saksansin and Shugo Imahira of Japan, placed 22nd and 33rd on the money list, did not have any category to play on prior to taking up their memberships this season, thereby causing the oirginal top-60 cut-off mark to slide down two spots to top-62.