Charlie Saxon won the Shenzhou Peninsula Classic with a total score of 277 (-11) on the 10th of March. Chunil Jung from Canada and Fraser Wilkin from New Zealand finished 2nd with a tie at -10. Top 2 Chinese players Jin Daxing and Ye Jianfeng both finished at -7.
This is the opening match of the China Tour 2018 season, held by China Golf Association. Saxon started the final round with -5 on the 8th position. He had a fairly impressive start, coming to the leading position of the scoreboard after the first 3 holes. He finally finished the day with a -6.
The former champion says the bad weather on the second and third day of the tournament was actually no problem for him.
“I really enjoyed the weather change,” said Saxon after the match. “ I was really happy when it started getting windy. Where I live back in the U.S, it’s very windy.”
Saxon said the Dunes golf course is absolutely fantastic and it is one of the best-condition course he has ever played on.
Sunil Jung, who led the leaderboard for the first 3 days and most time of the final day, admitted that he got nervous at the last hole. “ I saw Charlie catching birdie at the last hole and I got a bit nervous cause I didn’t want the match to be extended. And then the ball hit the water and I was not able to make it to the green, so I got a bogey there.”
The China Tour is an independent international tournament series, based on the nation’s comprehensive economic strength, representing the highest level of the development of Chinese professional golf. In 2018, the Tour runs throughout the year, consisting around 20 events including regular tournaments, co-sanctioned events and a flagship event – Tour Championship.
Saxon’s first two wins in China were on PGA Tour China in 2016, where he also won Rookie of the Year honors.