VOKE WINS THIRD TITLE IN FIVE STARTS TO SECURE WEB.COM TOUR CARD

14/10/2018


Auckland’s Nick Voke has won his third PGA TOUR Series-China in four events at the season-ending Clearwater Bay Open to bank RMB 360,000 ($80,000 NZD) and finish third on the Order of Merit to secure his 2019 Web.com Tour card.

Starting the final day five strokes clear, Voke shot a third consecutive three-under 67 for a 14-under total at The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.

Voke, 23, continued his remarkable recent run on the PGA TOUR Series-China, which started with a tie for fourth in Suzhou then back-to-back wins in Qinhuangdao and Macau last month. After a tie for 16th in last week’s Zhuhai Championship, the rookie pro returned to his winning ways to collect the biggest check presented on the Tour.

It’s been a really awesome run of golf and I’m really excited to see what I do in the next couple of years. This win means a hell of a lot, to be honest with you,” said Voke.

“The first couple of victories I managed to come from behind, so to come out here with a five-shot lead and know that everyone is chasing me, it’s a different sort of victory. I’m very proud with how I handled myself and how I went out and played today. It’s absolutely the greatest pro week I’ve had so far.”

Voke had admitted he was shaking with nerves while in the lead on Saturday, but managed to stay calm in front of big crowds and hold on to the lead by carding four birdies and one bogey. Voke had also made only one bogey in each of his previous three rounds.

“I drove it very well all week and didn’t make many opportunities to make bogeys. I only made four in the end so that just summarizes how it was for me out there. Just very solid and steady golf,” said Voke.

“I’m pretty exhausted and absolutely thrilled to be where I am and I think it will take me a couple weeks to realize what I’ve accomplished here. Right now, though, I’m just pretty tired.”

Despite feeling some pressure from Tarren entering the back-nine, the 23-year-old Voke remained calm and managed to grind it out on the back-nine.

“The first time I saw the leaderboard was on the ninth green and I knew Callum was going deep and I had to keep things going if I wanted to win,” said Voke.

“Just a good gritty effort, that back nine. I stuck to my game plan and I felt the pressure, but I handled myself and my emotions and some adversity so just absolutely thrilled.”


The top-five on the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit will automatically earn membership on next year’s Web.com Tour, the top-10 will be eligible for the Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament from December 6-9 and players 11-25 will be exempt to the Second Qualifying Stage.

The PGA TOUR established PGA TOUR Series-China in 2014 as its third international developmental tour, following in the footsteps of PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada. Since its inception, PGA TOUR Series-China players have received Official World Golf Ranking points for top finishes at official tournaments.

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Kobori, Kazuma 124.59
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 106.88
    3 Brown, Luke 99.52
    4 Tynan, Johnny 94.41
    5 McLean, Matthew 92.20
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Chung, Darae 123.24
    2 Xu, Fiona 117.20
    3 Khoo, Caryn 94.00
    4 Lee, Jeong Hyun 77.40
    5 Dryland, Brittney 74.43