Li Haotong was crowned Volvo China Open champion on Sunday after firing a bogey-free final round of 64 to finish on 22-under-par in Beijing. Li began the day two shots back, but he eventually closed out a three shot victory at the Topwin Golf and Country Club.
The Chinese 20-year-old becomes the second player to claim a European Tour title on home soil, following Wu Ashen’s victory in the same event 12 months ago. Li started quickly with birdies at the third, fifth and seventh holes, though overnight leader Felipe Aguilar extended his advantage with gains on four of the first seven holes.
Li managed to add another three birdies by the 11th to tie for the lead, and he finally edged in front on the 16th as Aguilar found the water on the short par three and had to settle for a double bogey, which all but ended his hopes. Li tapped in for a birdie on the 17th moments later, and sealed the win with a solid par on the final hole.
“The start of this year has given me a lot of hard times,” Li said afterwards. “Even though I worked hard I still played badly, especially last week. I worked hard there and couldn’t control my ball. I just tried to relax myself and I’m really really happy to hold the trophy here.” The world number 237 is now set to shoot up the rankings.
Aguilar, who had topped the leaderboard since his seven-under 65 on Friday, finished alone in second place with a closing 69 for a 19-under-par total. Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard was a further shot back after a final round of 70, while England’s Richard Bland and Germany’s Marcel Siem tied for third after both shooting a 66 for an 18-under-par total.