Mon, May 19, 2008 - Page 20 News List

Hsu Mong-nan battles fierce winds to take a two-stroke victory in Shanghai

AFP , SHANGHAI, CHINA

Taiwan's Hsu Mong-nan holds the winner's trophy after winning the Shanghai Championship at the Orient (Shanghai) Golf and Country Club yesterday.

PHOTO: AFP

Taiwan's Hsu Mong-nan battled fierce winds to hit a composed 70 and seal victory by two strokes at the Shanghai Championship yesterday.

Hsu becomes Taiwan’s second successive winner on the China Tour, following Lu Wen-teh’s success in last month’s Kunming Championship, when Lu became the Tour’s first non-Chinese winner.

The 34-year-old’s two-under 70 in the final round of the tournament at the Orient (Shanghai) Golf and Country Club gave him a three-under total of 285, two clear of Chen Xiaoma and Liao Guiming.

Chen, who started the final day as co-leader on five-under, lost the lead after a double-bogey on 12 and came in with a 76, while his good friend Liao shot 73.

Yang Taoli, the first female pro to play on the Tour, shot 33 on the front nine but dropped six shots on the final four holes to close with a 75 and a tie for 19th on eight-over.

Hsu, who has spent much of the past decade playing on the Asian Tour, said he was delighted to win in his fourth appearance on this year’s China Tour. He finished joint runner-up in the season-opening Guangzhou Championship with compatriot Chan Yih-shin and he was also fifth in the Dell Championship in Xiamen.

“I’m really happy to win because I’ve really enjoyed playing on the Omega China Tour this year and I’ve come close before,” Hsu said.

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