China’s Liu Yan holds her nerve to win EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open
China’s Liu Yan overcame a seven shot deficit to secure her maiden tour win in the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open on Sunday 12 May 2019 with a famous one-stroke victory at Fanling.
The 21-year-old held her nerve on the Old Course to card four-under-par 68 and 7-under-par for the tournament.
In a three-way tie for second place at six-under-par, were Renuka Suksukont from Thailand, Zhang Wei Wei and Du Mohan, both from China. For Du, it will be a bitter pill to swallow. The 17-year-old had led after the first two rounds and went into the last day with a five-shot lead but struggled to hold it together in the final round. She needed par on the 18th to force a play-off with Liu but her putt just rolled past, leaving her at four-over-par for the round and wondering what might have been.
Club Ambassador and member Tiffany Chan wasn’t able to produce the magic needed to complete the fairy-tale finish at her home club that so many had hoped for. Despite carding three-under-par 69 – her low-score of the tournament – she had to settle for tied fifth place.
Hong Kong’s Isabella Leung finished tied in ninth place at two-under-par.
The Old Course provided a sensational test of golf and everyone was treated to a really exciting final day of action.