History was made today in China as Wu Ashun wins the Volvo China Open, the first Chinese player to win an European Tour event on home soil, at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. Quite ironic really as the Chinese Government recently banned Golf in the country, and instantly closed down many golf courses.
Wu enjoyed the moment, and his winning total of -9 under par;
“It’s a wonderful day today.
“Everyone knows it’s very tough today, I played very good today and I’ve enjoyed this week.”
“It’s been a wonderful week with wonderful weather and I’d like to thank everybody.”
“It’s very special winning the China Open and it’s very exciting.”
“I have many friends here, and they helped me a lot and pushed me to play well.”
Wu and David Howell both started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with last week’s runner-up Li Hao-tong and defending champion Alex Levy.
David was tied with Wu as he played the last hole, a par five, but missed his par putt to get into a play-off and handing Wu his history making European Tour win. David was alone in second place at -8 under par, and said it was tough to take;
“It’s obviously tough to take. I was in very good shape to win the tournament for most of the day, and didn’t get the job done. So it’s going to hurt for a while, but I didn’t do a lot wrong.”
“I holed a lovely putt on 17 to save par to give myself every chance coming down the last.”
“It felt like I was already in a play-off, because Ashun was in the clubhouse on nine under, so if I birdie the last I win the tournament, and if I make bogey I lose it. Unfortunately it was the latter.”
Defending champion Alex Levy finished tied in third place with Emiliano Grillo and Prom Messawat, all at -7 under par.