Taichi Kho Savours Junior Open Success

15-year-old Taichi Kho claimed the biggest title of his career to date with a thrilling play-off victory at The Hong Kong Golf Club last month

Queenie Lai

Earlier, the 15-year-old had held his nerve on the 54th and final hole of regulation play, sinking a 4ft par putt to shoot a brilliant two-under 68 and finish tied with Ryota Nakao of Japan on a total of 212. Kho’s compatriot Lou Tan was also in the mix, having stormed up the leader board with a final-round 67 on the New Course at The Hong Kong Golf Club, but ultimately he fell one short on 213.

The pair of Kho and Nakao could not be separated over the first two play-off holes but the Hong Kong national team player needed only a tap-in putt for par on the third extra hole to win his first Hong Kong Junior Open title. In doing so, he topped a record field that featured 105 junior golfers, 40 of whom were from overseas.

The 46th edition of the championship also featured on the World Amateur Golf Rankings for the first time.

Virginie Ding


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