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Golf: Red Rose wins showdown at UBS Hong Kong Open

Justin Rose won the UBS Hong Kong Open after a thriller with Lucas Bjerregaard. Photo: Getty Images.

Justin Rose won the UBS Hong Kong Open after a thriller with Lucas Bjerregaard. Photo: Getty Images.

October 25, 2015: Justin Rose fended off Lucas Bjerregaard’s spirited challenge to win the UBS Hong Kong Open title by one shot on Sunday.

 

Rose missed the cut at the event in 2011, but made up for that disappointment by posting a two-under-par 68 to win the US$2 million event with a 17-under total of 263.

 

American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, young Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, Jason Scrivener of Australia and Lee Soo-min of Korea, who signed off with a week’s best 64, shared third place at Hong Kong Golf Club.

 

Anirban Lahiri’s fightback did not materialise as the India No. 1 could only post a 71 and he shared seventh place with Y.E. Yang, 2008 champion Lin Wen-tang and Matt Ford.

 

Heading into the final round with a share of the lead, Rose and Bjerregaard went neck and neck again, much like the previous day. There was little to separate the duo until the Dane’s costly double bogey on 14 handed Rose the advantage.

 

The Englishman birdied 16 and could even afford a bogey at the last to secure victory, as Bjerregaard was not able to force his way back into contention after carding four straight pars from 14.

 

“Lucas played incredible golf. It was the first time I had the chance to play with him and was thoroughly impressed. It’s not just his game but his temperament and how he is as a person. When you separate yourself from the field like we did, it’s probably a tough one for him to lose,” Rose said.

 

“I’m very happy to get the job done. I had a chance to win last week where I was tied for the lead going down the 10th hole and I let that one flitter away a little bit, so I wanted to hang onto this one.”

 

Bjerregaard could only reflect on what could have been, but took pride in his battling spirit.

 

“That double-bogey on 14 really ruined it for me, but all in all, I’m happy with the way I’ve played especially this weekend,” the Dane said.

 

“The last time I was out in the final group on a Sunday, I shot 89, so I’m 20 shots better today and I’ll take that.”

UBS Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong GC course (am – denotes amateur):

263 – Justin ROSE (ENG) 65-66-64-68.

264 – Lucas BJERREGAARD (DEN) 66-66-63-69.

269 – Soomin LEE (KOR) 70-69-66-64, Patrick REED (USA) 68-69-65-67, Jason SCRIVENER (AUS) 68-68-65-68, Matthew FITZPATRICK (ENG) 67-67-66-69.

270 – LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 67-68-68-67, Matt FORD (ENG) 69-65-67-69, Y.E. YANG (KOR) 68-66-67-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 67-67-65-71.

271 – Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 68-69-69-65, Ben EVANS (ENG) 69-71-66-65.

272 – Angelo QUE (PHI) 72-67-67-66, Peter UIHLEIN (USA) 70-70-66-66, C.T. PAN (TPE) 65-73-67-67, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 69-66-67-70, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 71-67-64-70.

273 – Richard McEVOY (ENG) 67-68-73-65, David DRYSDALE (SCO) 68-71-68-66, Andrew DODT (AUS) 71-68-68-66, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 69-67-68-69, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 66-70-68-69, Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 67-71-66-69.

 

Source: Asian Tour (www.asiantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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