Hong Kong Open. Aaron Rai Gets His First European Tour Victory.

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Aaron Rai of England wins the Hong Kong Open, his maiden European Tour victory.Rai secures first win at season-opener in Hong KongAaron and his first Trophy / getty

Aaron carded a final round -1 under par 69 in the pouring rain to win the Hong Kong Open by one shot at -17 under;

“It’s incredible, it definitely hasn’t sunk in just yet. I’ll probably need a few days for that to happen.”

“It’s incredible to win on any Tour, let alone the European Tour and let alone the Hong Kong Open.”

“It’s an incredible course, incredible event, very well supported. The crowds have been amazing. I’m just very grateful.” 

“Matt played incredibly all day. It was tough but again, I really just tried to play the course as much as possible rather than Matt or anyone else who was playing well today.” 

“I luckily managed to do that for most of the way around. It was tough considering the situation but I’m very pleased.”

Matt Fitzpatrick was second with a final round -6 under 64 giving him a -16 under total, a great charged on the day became unhinged with a short missed putt on the 17th, handing him an unlikely bogey;

“Obviously it was disappointing on the 17th there, such a simple bogey.”

“But I gave it a good go. It was always going to be tough to beat him.” 

“The last two days he’s been very solid and not given anything away, which made my life more difficult.”

Sharing third place at -11 under par were Victor Perez, France, -3 under 67 today, and Jason Scrivener of Australia with his last round -2 under 68.

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Hong Kong Open. Aaron Rai Leads By Six.

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Aaron Rai of England leads the Hong Kong Open by six shots at the Hong Kong Golf Club and looks set for his maiden European Tour victory.Aaron Rai  (Getty Images)         Aaron / getty

Aaron carded a third round -2 under par 68 to post a Hong Kong Open total of -16 under, giving him a six stroke advantage going into the final round on his quest to collect his maiden Tour trophy;

“I’m very pleased overall. It wasn’t quite as low as the score yesterday but a very solid round.”

“Nothing is ever done until it’s done and eighteen holes is a lot of golf.” 

“So a six-shot lead, anything can happen, you have to be aware of that.” 

“Something which felt a little bit tricky today was still being able to play in the same way but just be smart at the same time, and it felt a little bit too much on the back foot.”

England hold the top three places with Tommy Fleetwood, -4 under 66 today, and Matt Fitzpatrick, -2 under 68, sharing second place at -10 under par.

Tommy admits Aaron is in a good position, he just is just playing one last round of golf for the season;

“Whatever Aaron does, you can’t do anything about it.” 

“For me, I’ll just keep doing the same things and try and put one last good round together and then go home and enjoy some rest.”

“I’m looking forward to it. One last Sunday of golf.”

Matt was disappointed with his round;

“I played really, really well tee-to-green. I’m just really disappointed to only shoot two under, really, when I had nine chances inside 15 feet and I think I holed two, maybe three.”

“You know, when you’re giving yourself chances like this and the greens are sort of as good as this, you have to take advantage of it.”

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Hong Kong Open. Aaron Rai Leads.

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Aaron Rai of England leads the Hong Kong Open after 36 holes at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Aaron carded an amazing second round -9 under par 61, a new Hong Kong Golf Club course record, to post -14 under for the tournament;

“Again, we were lucky today with the conditions.”

“We didn’t have much wind and, starting out pretty early the first nine holes, it feels like you’re playing a round at home, which is nice.” 

“But I played very well, kept it in play, had a lot of chances and made a lot of putts, too. Everything was on song today.”

“I’ve just got to try and stay as close to the original game plan as much as possible.”

“I think if you get too conservative and if you try and defend the lead a little bit too much, you can start going backwards very easily but also you can’t get too aggressive around this course. “

“As hard as it is and as easy as it is to say, you just have to try and stick to what you’re doing and what has got you into this position.”

Hyowon Park, South Korea is in second place, four shots back at -10 under par following his also great second round of -8 under 62, with some good putting;

“I’m very happy now.”

“My long game is very nice, driver and second shot is good and putting is nice.”

“I will do the same thing on the weekend, so I can go more up the leaderboard.”

In third place is Matt Fitzpatrick of England carding a second round -8 under 62, to claim third position on his own.

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Hong Kong Open. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Hong Kong Open leaderboard at the Hong Kong Golf Club. Aaron Rai, England, Jason Scrivener, Australia, and Myazato Yusaku of Japan share the honor.Aaron Rai (Getty Images)          Aaron Rai / getty

Aaron, Jason and Myazato all carded first rounds of -5 under par 65 to top the Hong Kong Open leaderboard.

Aaron was pleased with his bogey free start;

“It was good. I think we were lucky with the weather today.” 

“When we got here this morning it was kind of blowy so the guys this morning had it harder than we did but nonetheless it’s a tough course.” 

“I think anything under par was a good score and I was very pleased with a 65 to start off.”

Jason was also bogey free saying he played well today;

“The front nine is quite tricky and you’ve got to kind of be patient and wait for your opportunities, and I did that quite well today.”

Myazato threw in a bogey in his round, but had a good day with his putter;

“Today I was putting well and my iron shots were good.”

“It was getting dark and I couldn’t really see that well, so I just played with my gut feeling and was able to birdie the last hole which was nice.”

Three other players are all sharing fourth place, one shot back at -4 under par, Arjun Atwal, IndiaJack Singh Brar, England and Micah Lauren Shin of the USA.

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UBS Hong Kong Open. Wade Ormsby With Maiden European Tour Victory.

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Wade Ormsby from Australia gets his maiden European Tour victory here at the Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

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37 year-old Wade carded a final round -2 under 68 to win his Maiden European Tour title the Hong Kong Open, with a -11 under par winning total, and a one shot victory.

After all this time Wade summed up his feelings with;

“It’s unbelievable”

“It means a lot to me, I’ve played a lot of golf in Europe, everywhere, and a few bumps along the way but it’s pretty cool to get a win this late in your career.”

“A few of my are mates over there so that makes it pretty special, having mates around makes it all the more special.”

“I probably won’t sleep too much on that flight on the way to Oz tonight.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -1 under 69 today, Alexander Björk, Sweden, -2 under 68 shared second place with two players from the USA, Julien Suri, -4 under 66 and Paul Peterson, -3 under 67, all at -10 under for the tournament.

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UBS Hong Kong Open. S.S.P Extends Lead.

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S.S.P. Chawrasia, India, extends his Hong Kong Open lead at the Hong Kong Golf Club and will take a two shot advantage into the week-end.

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S.S.P. shot a second Hong Kong Open round of -4 under par 66 to stay on top of the leaderboard with a -9 under par total,

Even a three putt could not unhinge Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia;

“It’s a great round today.”

“I was five under at one time and then three-putted number 14 but, still, it’s a good score four under,  I’m happy.

“I’m just following my game. Same thing I’m playing the last two days, exactly the same strategy.”

“Obviously I’m under pressure a little bit, pressure is always tough so I can manage, hopefully, the next two days.”

Thomas Aiken, South Africa, is in second place, two shots back at -7 under par for the tournament, a -6 under 64 today elevating him up the leaderboard, a good putting performance helped him stay bogey free today;

“That was a little better, it was a fun round of golf.”

“It’s always nice to go bogey-free.”

“Just went out there with the same game plan as yesterday.”

Just keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully the putts keep going in and make a few extra ones and hopefully at the top of the leaderboard by Sunday afternoon.”

Alexander Björk, and Joakim Lagergren, both from Sweden and both carding  -4 under 66 today, share third place with Julian Suri, USA, another bogey free round, -3 under 67 today and Poom Saksansin, Thailand, -2 under 68, they are all at -5 under for the competition.

Alex was also happy with his putting;

“I’m very pleased with the way I played today, it was solid all day. Good iron shots, good putting.”

Julian is bogey free for the week, but would have liked to make some more putts;

“Didn’t quite make many putts but to finish bogey-free, especially getting up and down on 18, was very nice.”

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Hong Kong Open. Sam Brazel Has Maiden Tour Win

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Sam Brazel. from Australia, has his Maiden European Tour win at the Hong Kong Open, at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Sam is no spring chicken, at 38 years old, so where has this cool-headed, competent player been, this is only his ninth European Tour appearance. He won here with a totally smooth performance, sinking a birdie putt on the last green for victory.

Sam carded a final round -2 under par 68 for a Hong Kong Open winning total of -13 under par, and now has full status on the European Tour next year;

“It’s been a long time coming.”

“I’ve been playing good. It’s just been a bit of a struggle with the old irons and my man, Adam, set me up with a new set of bats, and it’s all sort of turned around. This is the fruit.”

“I’d love to come over to Europe. It will be a great privilege.”

 “I was very lucky. That wasn’t the greatest second shot in there but it ended up good and the rest is history.”

“It was a thrill to be out there the last few days. I hope that continues.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello, looked for a long time that he would easily walk away with a victory here, stumbled to a -1 under par last round, giving him second place at -12 under par;

“If you look at it overall, it’s a great week finishing second.”

“Just a little disappointed today. I managed to start good again but then struggled halfway through the front nine.”

“At the end, 16 and 17, they were two great putts that did go in. The one on 18th, almost, as well. In the end, it’s a good week.”

“It’s just a bitter taste finishing runner-up.”

“Sam has played solid golf and been very patient and shown lots of maturity. He’s a well deserved winner.”

Tommy Fleetwood, -2 under 68 today,  and Andrew Dodt, -4 under 66,  tied for third place at -11 under par.

Tommy sadly carded a double bogey seven at the par 5 third, or he would have been right there at the end;

“Today was more of a battle than I wanted it to be, I had four drivers and today I hit three sort of dodgy shots and one of them was the third, made double. From there it was a scrap.”

“But still happy with myself in the end for the way we handled it and the way we played and the way we battled out there. It was great really. Couldn’t ask for much more.”

Andrew played some more good golf, last week he finished second at the Australian PGA Championship;

“It’s been a really solid week, I followed on where I left off from last week. Made a lot of birdies. Made a few mistakes, which you’re going to do around here.”

“I wanted to get off to a good start. That was the goal, to put 2016 season behind me.”

“It wasn’t my best. I wanted to hit the ground running at the PGA and I followed it on up here.”