C.J. Gatto kept a battling Wayne Grady at bay to claim his first professional title at the Ageas HKPGA Championship late September.
Shenzhen-based Gatto, 25, who started the final round with a seven-shot lead, closed with a 74 over the North Course at The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau for a three-day total of 212 (four-under-par), four shots ahead of tournament drawcard Grady, who carded a one-under-par 71. Singapore's M. Murugiah placed third, a further two shots adrift.
"It feels awesome to have finally done it," said Gatto, a regular on the China and OneAsia tours, who played alongside PGA Tour star Ryan Moore on the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) golf team. "I was feeling a little nervous early in the round but overcame that and was pretty solid, especially on the greens. Playing with Wayne was a cool experience. He's a great guy."
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