The Kiwi King

New Zealand’s Nick Voke won his third PGA TOUR Series-China in four events at the season-ending RMB 2 million Clearwater Bay Open to bank RMB 360,000 and finished third on the Order of Merit, so joining four other Tour players on next year’s 2019 Tour

Nick Voke won the season-ending RMB 2 million Clearwater Bay Open to bank RMB 360,000

Starting the final day five strokes clear, Voke shot a third consecutive 3-under 67 for a 14-under total at The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.

In a dramatic turn of events, England’s Callum Tarren fired a 62 to finish solo second and win the Order of Merit by less than 3,000 RMB ahead of American Charlie Saxon, while Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihira and Korea’s Todd Baek finished fourth and fifth on the money list to also secure Tour membership.

American Benjamin Lein shot 65 to secure third place at 10-under, three shots ahead of compatriot Charlie Netzel (64), Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul (68) and Australia’s Deyen Lawson (68). Korea’s Taewoo Kim, who played in Sunday’s final group for a second successive year, carded 70 to take seventh at 6-under, one ahead of England’s William Harrold (67).

Voke, 23, continued his remarkable recent run on the PGA TOUR Series-China, which started with a tie for fourth in Suzhou then back-to-back wins in Qinhuangdao and Macau last month. After a tie for 16th in last week’s Zhuhai Championship, the rookie pro returned to his winning ways to collect the biggest check presented on the Tour.