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Xiao Triumphs in Play-Off for Breakthrough Win at Asian Golf Championship

Xiao Triumphs in Play-Off for Breakthrough Win at Asian Golf Championship

🕔04.Dec 2017

China’s Bowen Xiao lifted his first professional win after prevailing on the second extra hole in a play-off against Australian Bryden Macpherson at the US$350,000 KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Xiao, who joined the play-for-pay ranks in 2012, held a three-shot lead after 14 holes but three bogeys in his closing four holes saw him sign for a two-over-par 74, which forced him to go the distance with Macpherson, who ended his campaign with a 69.

The duo were tied on three-under-par 285 total in regulation play at the Kaikou Golf Club’s West course. Xiao missed a five-footer for birdie on the first play-off hole held on the 440-yard par-four 18 to settle for par alongside Macpherson.

He redeemed himself by making a four-footer birdie putt in his second attempt on the same play-off hole to seal the victory while the 27-year-old Macpherson, who needed to claim the title to win the China Tour Order of Merit crown, bowed out with a par.

Xiao, who is playing in his Asian Tour debut this week, took home a winner’s cheque of US$63,000 and earned a one-year exemption on the Asian Tour following his victory.

Rising star Liu Yan-wei of China marked his best result on the Asian Tour after closing with a 71 to settle one shot back in third place on his own.

Australian Maverick Antcliff returned with the day’s best score of a 66 to share fourth place on 287 alongside countryman and overnight leader Marcus Both (77), as well as Callum Tarren (74) of England.

Scores after round 4 of the KG S&H City Asian Golf Championship being played at the par 72, 7012 Yards Kaikou Golf Club course (am – denotes amateur):

285 – Bowen XIAO (CHN) 71-67-73-74, Bryden MACPHERSON (AUS) 74-70-72-69.

286 – LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 69-74-72-71.

287 – Maverick ANTCLIFF (AUS) 74-72-75-66, Callum TARREN (ENG) 69-74-70-74, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 72-69-69-77.

288 – Sunil JUNG (CAN) 74-74-69-71, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 68-71-74-75.

289 – Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 73-72-72-72.

290 – HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 69-78-72-71.

291 – LEE Chieh-po (TPE) 71-75-73-72, HAK Shun Yat (HKG) 73-75-71-72, Peradol PANYATHANASEDH (THA) 74-75-69-73.

292 – Mathew WEBB (ENG) 73-75-73-71, LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 73-75-72-72.

293 – CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 74-72-75-72.

294 – Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA) 76-76-72-70, LI Xin-yang (CHN) 71-77-75-71, Teemu PUTKONEN (FIN) 69-78-73-74.

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