Wade Ormsby from Australia in action.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Australian Wade Ormsby won a wire-to-wire win at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday when final round 66 led the Australian to the title for the second time in three years.
Ormsby started the last day with a 2-shot lead over the Thai Gunn Charoenkul and extended his lead to four shots by British Open champion Shane Lowry.
The 39-year-old, who held the lead after the first lap and never gave up his lead, won the 2017 Hong Kong Open.
"When you get to the front, there is no point playing on the defensive," said Ormsby.
"The boys had to come and basically catch me. I was hoping to win this season but it is special to make it to my first event in the second week of the year and it will be one I will remember forever.
"I have three wins on the main tours in my career and this is my first wire-to-wire race."
Lowry came closest to pursuing the Australian with an impressive final round 64, landing 13th under par with a shot in front of Charoenkul.
The Hong Kong Open was scheduled to take place in early December, but was postponed due to the social unrest in the city due to the attempt to introduce a controversial extradition law.
Other sporting events, such as the Hong Kong Open tennis in October and the city's international squash championship in November, were canceled due to concerns that the protests could affect the tournaments.
Reporting by Michael Church, editor of Ed Osmond