Mikko Korhonen claimed his second European Tour title with a dramatic play-off win over Benjamin Hebert at the Volvo China Open.
After the duo ended the week locked together on 20 under, the Finn made a birdie on the first trip back up the 18th to add to his Shot Clock Masters triumph from last season.
Here, we take a look at some of the highlights from a thrilling week at Genzon Golf Club.
Korhonen the king of Shenzhen
The Finn was a picture of conistency from the moment he carded a bogey free 68 to sit in a share of 15th after the first round. A 69 on a tougher second day edged him further up the leaderboard before he burst into life on the back nine on Saturday, carding six birdies in eight holes for a 65 that catapulted him within three of the lead. He had the help of a hot putter on day four, making bombs on the first and fifth and taking a one shot lead up the last courtesy of a nerveless 13 footer on the 17th. Hebert's birdie on the 18th meant he would need an extra hole but Korhonen got up and down from just in front of the driveable green, holing from 11 feet to take the crown. The victory moves the 38-year-old up to 17th in the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex and inside the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
The future is bright for Chinese golf
Yang Kuang made headlines on day two as he became the second youngest player ever to make the cut at a European Tour event. At just 14 years, six months and 12 days old, he faced a 13 foot par putt to stay at two under and seal his place over the weekend at Genzon Golf Club. He admitted afterwards he had felt nervous but you would never have known it as he rolled home to take his spot in the history books behind only countryman Guan Tian-lang - who made the cut and finished as low amateur at the 2013 Masters Tournament. Rounds of 69-73 followed to esnure Yang finished the week at four under but that was six shots back of 17-year-old Enqi Liang, who went 66-70 over the weekend. "The game’s heading in the right direction here in China," said World Number 35 Li Haotong. "It’s great to see Kuang Yang, who’s only 14, making the cut and it’s amazing to see these juniors making Chinese people proud.
2004, the year Yang Kuang (T44) was born 🗓️— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) May 4, 2019
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The present doesn't look bad either
Li has established himself as the poster boy of Chinese golf and he recorded scores of 66-66 over the weekend to lead the home charge. He was incredibly fired up on Sunday, maybe kicking himself for following a double bogey on the 14th with a quadruple bogey on the next on Friday to leave himself with a mountain to climb. He still finished just four shots out of the play-off, one clear of Wu Ashun, who had held the lead after 36 holes. With ten Chinese players making the cut in Shenzhen, the game in the world's most populous nation looks to be in rude health.
Hebert was one of three Frenchmen in the top ten on Sunday, with four in the top 13 at Genzon Golf Club. Hebert narrowly missed out on a maiden European Tour title for the second time after losing in the final of the Belgian Knockoutlast season, while Romain Langasque and Mike Lorenzo-Vera - who both finished at 15 under - are also searching for maiden victories. Victor Dubuisson finished at 13 under as he continues his comeback after playing just one event last season, and the two time European Tour winner spoke of making the Ryder Cup Team in 2020. Allez Les Bleus!
Campillo maintains momentum
Jorge Campillo moved up to second in the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex as he continued his remarkable run of form. Campillo's third place finish was his fifth top three in his last six events, including a maiden victory at the Trophée Hassan II. None of those have involved late charges either, with the Spaniard right in the mix and holding a two shot lead on the back nine in Shenzhen. It would take a brave person to bet against him winning again this season.