Wu Wows Home Crowd, Wins China Open

David Howell’s miss on an eight-foot par putt that would have forced a playoff gave the Volvo China Open title to Wu Ashun on Sunday in Shanghai.

Wu is the first Chinese player to ever win an European Tour title on his home soil, finishing at 9-under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Howell.

Wu and Howell were part of a four-way tie for the lead heading into Sunday, which also featured defending tournament champion Alexander Levy and Li Hao-Tong.

Howell was ahead by a stroke at the turn, with Levy falling three strokes back after an ugly double-bogey 5 on No. 8 Wu tied for the lead with a birdie on nine, but Howell birdied 10 to take it back.

While Wu followed with eight straight pars, Howell fell back into a tie with a bogey on 14, his third straight on that hole, and the bogey 6 on No. 18 cost him a playoff.

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