Xiamen, China, 24 September - Li Chao stamped an indelible mark on the Omega China Tour by recording his third victory of the season in the Xiamen Leg and wrapping up the Omega Order of Merit title. He closed with a four-under-par 66 at Orient (Xiamen) Golf & Country Club to beat Shang Lei by one stroke.
Li’s victory was unexpected as he had started the day seven behind the third-round leader Wu Kangchun. Wu ended with a disappointing 77 to end four shots adrift of the winner. Li finished with a four-round aggregate of two-under-par 278 and had to overcome fierce competition from Shang, who carded a 71.
The two players were tied with two to play before Li birdied 17, while Shang recorded a bogey. With a two-stroke lead going down 18 Li could afford the luxury of making a bogey. Li, who won US$19,470 in the US$100,000 event, said: “I was a bit lucky today because the strong wind helped me catch up with the leaders.”
The Chinese golfer also won the Yanji Golf Championship this year followed immediately by the Shanghai Leg. “The is my third win and it feels wonderful and most importantly it hands me the Omega Order of Merit title,” added Li, who also claimed the Merit list title in 2006.
While Wu was dropping shots from the outset, Li raced up the leaderboard with birdies on the first, fifth, 12th, and the 13th. The final event on the Omega China Tour this year is the Omega Championship at Tianan Golf Club in Beijing from 18 to 21 October.
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