Wu makes mark with second Euro Tour crown

VIENNA • Wu Ashun became the first male Chinese golfer to win multiple European Tour titles when he triumphed at the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria, on Sunday.

The 30-year-old fired a closing three-under 69 at the Diamond Country Club to finish on 275, one stroke ahead of Spain's Adrian Otaegui (69) and two in front of Briton Richard McEvoy (69).

"I am very happy right now," he said afterwards. "It was a very exciting finish and I still cannot believe it.

"I just kept focused over the last putt. I talked to my caddie and he said, 'It's no problem, it's an easy line so just put it in the hole'."

It was the world No. 222's second European Tour victory. He also won last year's China Open.

Wu, who became the first Chinese player to win on home soil on the European Tour, started the day a shot off South African leader Zander Lombard.

The Chinese surged to a three-shot lead thanks to five birdies and a bogey in a front nine of 32.

However, that lead lasted just two holes, as he found water with his approach to the 10th and carded a double bogey. He then bogeyed the 11th after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker.

That left him tied with McEvoy and Otaegui on 11 under, before McEvoy took full advantage of the tee being brought forward on the 13th by driving the green on the 281-yard par four to set up a two-putt birdie.

The Chinese slipped into second place but a matching birdie at the same hole moved him back into a share of the lead, before another gain two holes later saw him stand alone at the top of the leader board.

Otaegui fired a birdie at the 16th to join Wu at the top of the pile. But the Spaniard dropped a shot at the next and pars at the final three holes were enough for Wu to win.

"At the 10th and 11th holes I just played two bad shots. I still kept working after that to do my best to make birdies and I did that," said Wu.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2016, with the headline 'Wu makes mark with second Euro Tour crown'. Print Edition | Subscribe