Aussie Rules at Clearwater Bay Open 2017

Following the footsteps of inaugural champion Daniel Nisbet, Lleyton Hewitt lookalike James Marchesani becomes the second successive Australian winner of the PGA TOUR-China’s Clearwater Bay Open

Tarren Callum missed the title for one stroke

Tarren was disconsolate after his third runner-up finish in PGA TOUR-China events. It was also his fifth top-10 in as many weeks, including two in European Challenge Tour co-sanctioned events in China. 

“I just have to keep playing. I felt comfortable out there today. I’m feeling comfortable with my game. Winning is hard, isn’t it? Well done to James. He played 5-under on the back nine,” said the big-hitting Tarren, who last year shot a closing 62 at Clearwater Bay.

“Obviously, I had a good 2016 PGA TOUR-China, and I’ve had a good 2017 on the golf course. I just have to keep playing and see how it goes.”

Hak, 23, had weekend rounds of 64-68 in front of his home supporters, including his parents and uncle, and an eagle on 15 was his Sunday highlight.

“The eagle on 15th helped a lot. I just hit three good shots and made the hole look really easy,” said Hak, who won his first pro title in August. “I took a lot of good positives moving on from this week, especially the last two rounds. Hopefully I will keep that momentum going.”

Hong Kong fans had further reason to celebrate when 16-year-old Taichi Kho finished 7-over (72-72-71-72) to finish as the joint low amateur with 17-year-old Chinese sensation Yuxin Lin, whose victory in the previous week’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship earned him spots in the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship next year.

Eugene Wong secured third place at 4-under


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