MUIR WINS MAIDEN TITLE IN CHINA

26/08/2019

Kieran Muir has held his nerve in the final round to win the Huangshan Open, his maiden victory on the China Tour.

Starting the day in a share of the lead at nine-under par, Muir shot a final round of even-par to win by a single stroke over Australian Maverick Antcliff, who has already won three times on the China Tour this year.

Muir got off to a hot start in the final round, making birdies in his opening two holes. However, he’d make the turn in one-over after making a double bogey at the ninth.

Like most champions, he’d quickly bounce back with three birdies to open his closing nine to extend his lead.

Despite making bogeys on 16 and 17, Muir made par up the last to hold onto his one stroke lead and claim his first victory on the China Tour.

 "It certainly feels good to win in China. It feels good to win anywhere as it's not easy!
 
"My game has been progressing nicely. I feel as though if I perform my job correctly and a few things go my way, there is every chance I'll be in the mix. I've been working really hard with a great team around me," said Muir. 
 

Hayden Beard also teed it up in the Huangshan Open this week. He shot rounds of 72, 75, 69, and 78 to finish at six-over for the event and in a tie for 31st.

Rounding out the trio at the Huangshan Open was Fraser Wilkin. He made the two-round cut but had a weekend to forget. He carded rounds of 71, 74, 77, and 84 to finish 18-over par.

Over on the PGA Tour of Australia, James Anstiss was the pick of the Kiwi contingent, banking another top 10 in his already impressive resume at the Tailor-made Building Services Northern Territory PGA Championship.

Anstiss finished with rounds of 72, 66, 69, and 66 to finish in a tie for 10th at 11-under par, nine shots back of the winner Brett Rankin.

Anstiss moves into 29th on the PGA Tour of Australia’s Order of Merit.

After leading at different points during the first two rounds, Ryan Chisnall finished one shot further back of Anstiss at 10-under and in a tie for 12th.

Chisnall opened with rounds of 68 and 65 to be within touching distance of the leaders after two rounds at nine-under par.

He couldn’t quite recreate the magic from his opening rounds, firing scores of 70 and 71 over the weekend to finish at 10-under.

Mark Hutson and Michael Long were the final two Kiwi’s to make the cut at the Northern Territory PGA Championship. Hutson finished at even-par for the tournament, while Long finished three shots further back at three-over.

Campbell Rawson and Fraser MacLachlan both missed the cut.

On the European Challenge Tour, Josh Geary has finished in a share of 11th at the Rolex Trophy in Switzerland. Geary posted rounds of 70, 71, 66, and 67 to finish 14-under par, nine shots back of the champion.

He’s currently sitting in 37th position on the Challenge Tour Rankings, with the top 15 gaining their tours cards for the European Tour next year.

Steve Alker has managed a tie for 30th finish on the Korn Ferry Tour at the Albertsons Boise Open.

Alker carded rounds of 70, 69, 69, and 66 to finish at 10-under par for the event. He’ll need a huge finish at the last event of the year and final tournament of The Finals 25 to have any chance of earning his PGA Tour card for next year.

He’s projected to be in a tie for 44th in The Finals 25, with the top 25 earning PGA Tour cards for 2020.

On the LPGA Tour, Lydia Ko has finished in a tie for 35th at the CP Women’s Open. Ko shot rounds of 73, 67, 69, and 71 to finish at eight-under for the tournament, 18 shots back of the runaway winner Jin Young Ko.

Ko is projected to remain in the same position in the Race to CME Globe in 41st.

Michael Hendry had his consistency on display once again on the Japan Tour at the Shigeo Magashima Invitational Segasammy Cup.

Hendry shot rounds of 70, 72, 71, and 69 to finish at six-under for the event, 14 shots back of the winner.

Hendry currently sits in 63rd position on the Japan Tour Money List.

 

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