Haotong Li became the second young Asian player to score a win on the European Tour in two weeks, firing a final-round 64 to win the Volvo China Open by three strokes on Sunday.
Just 20 years old, Li follows Korea’s Soomin Lee, 22, into the winner’s circle. He became the second Chinese national to win the China Open in two years, following Ashun Wu in 2015.
In an impressive statistical anomaly, Li got better in every round, finishing with a 69-67-66-64 – 266 to wind up 22 strokes under par, bringing home 450,000 points in the Race to Dubai standings in the process.
Li entered the final round tied for third but rallied past Felipe Aguilar and Lucas Bjerregaard with a brilliant final round in which he racked up four birdies on the front nine and four more on the back without a single bogey.
In fact, Li had just one bogey in his final final 45 holes. Aguilar entered the back nine on Sunday with a two-stroke lead over Li, but the young Chinese player tied him with a bogey on 15, followed by a disastrous double-bogey from Aguilar on 16 that lost him the tournament. The gaffe broke a 20-hole streak for Aguilar without a blemish on his scorecard.
Bjerregaard played a conservative 1-under front nine, but bogeys on No. 13 and No. 17 killed any chances he had of getting back in the chase.