Announced his name on the European Tour in swashbuckling style as he claimed a maiden victory on home soil at the Volvo China Open, courtesy of a flawless eight under par final round 64. Following a dramatic finale, Haotong proved why is regarded as a future Chinese sporting superstar by becoming the second successive home winner of the historic event. It was all the more special for the man from Hunan, in southern China, as he had won a Volvo China Junior event six years previous while the Volvo China Open was the first professional tournament he played, as an amateur, in 2011. Had already come agonisingly close to a first title in 2014 when, at the Shenzhen International, he was leading by two heading down the stretch, only for Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat to eagle the penultimate hole, force a play-off with Li and subsequently take the title. In 2014 he won three times on the PGA Tour China to earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following year, before earning full status for the European Tour in 2016 courtesy of his victory in Beijing.