Final Hong Kong Open leaderboardNovember 25, 2018 Golf News
The final leaderboard from Hong Kong, where Englishman Aaron Rai won his maiden European Tour title
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What happened at the Hong Kong Open
Aaron Rai added his name to an illustrious list of winners as he claimed his maiden European Tour victory at the 60th Hong Kong Open.
The 23-year-old Englishman kept a surging Matt Fitzpatrick at bay for a one-shot victory in the pouring rain at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
And, in doing so, he added his name to a trophy that contains those of Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy – to name just four.
Helped by a course record 61 in the second round, Rai began the final 18 holes with a six shot lead.
He soon found himself under huge pressure as Fitzpatrick birdied the first two and then a further five as they came to the penultimate hole.
Rai had steadied himself with back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th, following bogeys at six and eight, but was clinging on to a one-shot advantage.
Fitzpatrick, who would shoot a 64, then bogeyed the 17th and it gave the Wolverhampton player a two shot cushion down the difficult final hole.
After finding the green with his approach, Rai used all of the three puts he had in hand to sign for a 69 and a 17-under-par total as he won in only his 46th appearance on the European Tour.
Click here for the full round-up from the Hong Kong Open, including highlights.