Liang defeats Yang in China Townsend 3rd
BY Bruce Young | OneAsia Tour | 2012 Nanshan China Masters | Wrap | 14 Oct 2012
China’s Liang Wenchong has defeated the much higher ranked Y.E. Yang in a five hole playoff to win the Nanshan China Masters in Nanshan in southern China.
Liang played in the final group with Yang and Australian Aaron Townsend on day four and struggled early in his round dropping three shots by the 7th hole and at that point Yang and Townsend had joined him in the lead.
Townsend took the outright lead when he birdied the 9th and 11th holes but he was the victim of bogeys at the 13th and 16th holes and fell behind the two who would fight out the playoff and eventually finished third.
Yang would also bogey the 16th and when he and Liang both parred the final two holes the event was into extra time.
Liang has played most of this year on the Japan Tour where he has put together several good finishes of late but has slipped to 355 in the world as of last week.
The tournament’s marquee player, Louis Oosthuizen, Garret Sapp and Jeung Hun Wan finished in a tie for 4th with New Zealander Mike Hendry alone in 7th position. Early tournament leader, Steve Jones finished in a share of 8th with Roy Hie and Scott Laycock.
The round of the day came from New Zealander Mark Brown whose closing 66 included four birdies in his last five holes to move him to 11th position.
The OneAsia Tour’s money list is still led by Korea’s Bio Kim who did not play this week but who won twice earlier in the season.
Nick Cullen, in third position, still leads the Australians despite not playing this week. Cullen chose instead to play the WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie where he finished in a tie for 4th.
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