Zhang lands maiden senior title in Wales

Mon 06 Jun 2016

Zhang lands maiden senior title in Wales

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June 6: Chinese veteran Zhang Lian-wei fired a superb eight-under-par 62 to claim his nation’s first title on the European Senior Tour with a three-shot victory at the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open on Sunday.
Zhang, who became the first Chinese winner on the European Tour 13 years ago, matched that achievement on the Senior Tour after holding off the challenge of former Ryder Cup pair Paul Broadhurst and David Gilford at The Celtic Manor Resort.
Trailing by three shots heading into the round, Zhang, a five-time Asian Tour winner,  recorded four consecutive birdies and an eagle in his opening five holes before adding another two birdies to turn in 29.
He then posted six consecutive pars on the back nine and birdied the 16th before giving it back with a bogey on the last for a winning total of 12-under-par 198.
“I was pleased to be in the final group and then I had a very good start,” said Zhang, whose only European Tour win came in the Caltex Masters in Singapore in 2003. “I had four birdies then an eagle, and then birdies on eight and nine.
“I made a mistake on 10, I missed a three foot putt for birdie, but I kept going. When I made another birdie I led by three shots. I missed par on the last hole, but it’s okay. I’m very happy.”
The 51-year-old Chinese added: “When I got to the 17th hole, I thought to myself ‘if I make par, I will win’. I felt a little bit of pressure, but that wasn’t a problem. I enjoyed the game today, and I’m delighted to win the trophy.”
Over at the Nordea Masters in Sweden, two-time Asian Tour winner Rikard Karlberg continued his good run of form in his home country by posting his third consecutive top-10 result and fourth in two months.
The father of twins closed with a one-under-par 71 to finish eight shots back of winner Matthew Fitzpatrick of England in seventh place on eight-under-par 280 total at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club.
India’s Shiv Kapur finished tied-45th on 292 while Wu Ashun of China settled one shot back in tied-48th. Korea’s Soomin Lee and Prom Meesawat of Thailand were among those bunched in 53rd on 294 following rounds of 79 and 72 respectively.
At the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in Dublin, reigning Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India closed with a three-over-par 75 to finish 13 shots back of winner William McGirt of the United States in tied-61st place on two-under-par 286 total.
South African Shaun Norris, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, closed with a one-under-par 70 to finish three shots back of winner Yosuke Tsukada of Japan in tied-fifth place on one-over-par 285 at the JGT Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills on Sunday.
Chinese ace Liang Wen-chong settled a further three shots back in tied-10th position following a 72 at the Shishido Hills Country Club.
Ends.