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Sunday, 26 November 2017
Alexander Björk  (Getty Images)
Alexander Björk (Getty Images)

Alexander Björk opened up a one-shot lead in the final round of the UBS Hong Kong Open as long-time leader SSP Chawrasia fell victim to the difficult ninth in Fanling.

Chawrasia had looked in cruise control but a triple-bogey just before the turn saw him drop out of top spot for the first time since Thursday morning and Björk was in pole position to pounce.

The Swede was four under for his first 11 holes to move 12 under, a shot ahead of American Julian Suri and two clear of Chawrasia and Australian Wade Ormsby.

Björk put an impressive tee-shot into the second to get within one of the lead but he was not that close for long as Chawrasia holed a 12-foot left-to-righter on the same hole.

The 27 year old then made the most of the third to move into second on his own before Ormsby also took advantage of the par five to join him.

Chawrasia was in the group behind and he got to the green side in two and re-established his two-shot cushion.

The 39 year old missed a good chance for another birdie on the fourth but still saw his lead extended with Ormsby and Björk dropping shots on the fifth and sixth.

Suri joined the group in second by turning in 31 with birdies on the third, fourth and eighth.

Chawrasia could have been running away with it as he missed two more good chances on the fifth and sixth and that left the door open for Björk who birdied the seventh and put his tee-shot on the eighth to seven feet.

Better was to come on the ninth as the rookie holed out after finding the bunker to the right of the putting surface and he was in a tie for the lead.

It looked to be developing into a two-horse race but Suri was having none of it, holing a monster putt on the par three 12th to get into double-figures.

Chawrasia was dialled-in with his irons and, after missing a host of chances, he made it count on the eighth to nose his way back in front.

Suri missed a good eagle chance on the 13th but made the birdie to get to 11 under, soon a shot ahead of Chawrasia who imploded on the ninth.

The leader put his tee-shot behind a tree and his second into a hazard after failing to hook his approach out of trouble. A poor pitch then left him 40 feet for bogey and a three-putt meant a triple.

Ormsby birdied the tenth to join him at ten under, a shot clear of Paul Peterson.

Miguel Ángel Jiménez was the clubhouse leader at eight under as the four-time winner of this event posted a stunning 63.

The 53 year old became the oldest winner in European Tour history here in the first staging of the 2014 season - a record he a would break again in that campaign - and he continued to roll back the years.

The 21-time European Tour winner birdied the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, tenth, 16th and 17th.

Fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello and newly-crowned Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood were also eight under.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1ORMSBY, WadeAUS18-11
T2SURI, JulianUSA18-10
T2PETERSON, PaulUSA18-10
T2BJÖRK, AlexanderSWE18-10
T2CABRERA BELLO, RafaESP18-10
6FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-9

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