Wood wilts to set up Wu win
With the PGA Tour on hiatus for the week, all eyes turned to the Netherlands for the KLM Open this past weekend on the European Tour.
And while the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup in the next fortnight will capture the golfing world’s attention – the KLM Open has set the bar very high for drama.
China’s Wu Ashun sealed the title on a captivating final day with three birdies in the last five holes to edge out England’s Chris Wood – the Silver Medal winner at The Open ten years ago.
ASHUN’S AN ACE
The 33-year-old Chinese player claimed his third European Tour title of his career with an impressive finish over the closing holes.
By contrast Wood – who finished third at The Open at Turnberry in 2009 – let a three-shot lead slip over the back nine.
Wood needed to eagle the 18th to claim victory but three-putted from long range to miss out on both victory and a playoff with Ashun Wo.
"Fantastic, an unbelievable week," world number 344 Wu told Sky Sports. "There was a lot of good golf played here, I like this golf course."
Open fans will remember Li Haotong’s impressive efforts in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
Li fired an incredible final round of 63 to claim a third-place finish and break the record set by Chinese players at the majors.
🎼 Who let the dogs out?— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) September 16, 2018
Shansan Feng became the first woman from China to win a major at the 2012 LPGA but on the men’s side the wait continues.
But with the likes of Li and Wu impressing, it surely cannot be long.
PADRAIG’S PIECING IT TOGETHER
While the battle at the very top of the leaderboard was between Wood and Wu – two-time Claret Jug winner Padraig Harrington was also catching the eye.
The Irishman – Champion Golfer of the Year in 2007 and 2008 served notice of his late-season form with a runners-up finish at the Czech Masters last month.
And he ended fifth here with a 13-under total after a final round 68.
I do this drill to help my right hip turn rather than sway. Plus it adds a bit of speed https://t.co/3WoKHt2iOd— Padraig Harrington (@padraig_h) September 16, 2018
Eddie Pepperell – sixth at Carnoustie in this year’s Open and runner-up in the Scottish Open – was a shot behind Harrington in a tie for sixth as well.
Belgium's Thomas Detry and Japan's Hideto Tanihara finished tied for third in the Netherlands.
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