Australia's Wade Ormsby said he hoped he had given bushfire victims something to cheer as he held off Open champion Shane Lowry to win the protest-delayed Hong Kong Open for the second time in three years yesterday (Jan 12).
Ormsby birdied 11 but dropped another shot on 15 before another birdie on 17 effectively confirmed his wire-to-wire victory as he closed with a winning total of 17-under-par. "It makes you do your best and make people smile a bit, whatever little part I can do".
Wade Ormsby was a runaway victor as he completed an impressive wire-to-wire victory at Fanling, closing with a 66 to finish on 17 under and four shots clear of Lowry, who signed off with the low round of the final day.
Lowry looked in the mood from the start, chipping in superbly from the bunker to birdie the first, with Finau making a smart putt to do the same.
"I probably struck it the best I have all week early today", the Australian said.
The Dubliner (25) made a 25-footer at the 17th before firing a wedge to three feet at the last to finish the day six shots behind Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen at Randpark.
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"I'm very happy with myself, fair play to Wade, he's run away with it and didn't really give us a chance but I went out there and did as much as I could", Lowry said.
Finau got a 67 in his fourth round to finish seven shots out of rhythm.
Lowry started the day six shots back of Ormsby in a share of ninth place.
The Open win at Royal Portrush in July of past year was the first major win of Lowry's golfing career.
The victor of the Hong Kong Open 2017 now has a two-stroke lead over Thai Gunn Charoenkul before the final day.
United States big-hitter Tony Finau was also six off, shooting a tournament-best 65 but squandering a chance to close the gap on Ormsby after three birdie putts came up just short.