Sunday, October 19, 2014




Aberdonian David Law pulled out of the Scottish Golfers Alliance Championship at Dalmahoy earlier in the week, having been called in to the field for the European Challenge Tour event in China, the Shankai Classic.
It was a good move for Law, a member of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre stable. He shot rounds of 73, 70 and 66 for a total of seven-under-par 209 in the rain-shortened tournament and finished eight shots behind the winner in joint 15th place.
Law's bogey-free final round was studded with six birdies at the sixth, 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th and 18th in halves of 34 and 32.
Sweden's Johan Edfors won by three shots with rounds of 69, 66 and 66 for a 15-under-par total of 201
David Law later E-mailed from China to say:
"My prize money amounted to €4,100 and it's moved me up to 69th in the Chalenge Tour rankings which helps as it's top 70 who keep a full category for next year. 
"I'm third reserve for the next event in China which is disappointing but I'm travelling and hoping for the best."

Johan Edfors streaked clear of the chasing pack on the final day at the Shankai Classic presented by IDG as a four-birdie finish saw him claim a three stroke victory over Michael Lorenzo-Vera at Chongqing Poly Golf Club, China.
The Swede’s emphatic finish to post 15 under par put paid to the chasing Frenchman’s aspirations of a first title since 2007, while a shot further adrift was a trio that included Bernd Ritthammer, Tim Sluiter and the leading Chinese player – Hu Mu.
Having not tasted victory since a European Tour triple in 2006 – the first of which came at the TCL Classic in China – Edfors proved his class on Sunday to card a blemish free round of 66 and climb inside the top 15 on the European Challenge Tour Rankings, having entered the week in 59th place.
At 13th on the season-long list with just three events remaining, the 39 year old is now in position to return to The Race to Dubai having lost his card last year, thanks to a triumph that came in emotional circumstances.
Earlier in the season Edfors had taken a six month break from the game after a prolonged period of injury and was uncertain if he would continue his career. However a talk he had with his father shortly before he passed away saw him rededicate his efforts, and his win in Chongqing is proof the Swede is now back to somewhere near his best.
“To be honest, I don't think I have ever been as nervous as I was today, especially at the beginning of the front nine,” said the 2003 Challenge Tour Number One. “It's a lot easier to win on the European Tour than out here as there's so much at stake, and a win here almost gets you straight back on The European Tour, so I had to do something special out there on the back nine.
“I took the decision in late July to play Challenge Tour for the rest of the year, because I hadn't performed well on my European Tour invites, and it was tough to plan anything (without a full card). It was really tough for my family because I wasn't able to make any plans, so I decided in the summer to focus on the Challenge Tour and it looks like it has paid off.
“It’s been a tough couple of years for me, but I've been able to pick my game up and it feels fantastic. I was really close to quitting after last year, as I didn’t enjoy myself at all and was having to play through injury, so it is a very emotional win this week.
“Before my Dad passed away earlier this year I promised him I'd make it back, and now I am back.”
After his second place finish in Chongqing, Lorenzo-Vera is now guaranteed of a return to The Race to Dubai for the first time since 2009, and he was delighted with how he played in the final round.
Eight birdies, including three to finish, countered a single dropped shot and added up to a 65 on Sunday, a result which matches his best of the season in Azerbaijan, and sends him to sixth in the Ranking.
In typically nonchalant fashion, the Frenchman said: “What can I say, huh? I hit some really good shots all day long, holed a few putts on the front nine, and then after that I was just hitting it straight at the flag so I had plenty of opportunities, and it turned out pretty good.
“At the end I felt comfortable on almost every shot, and I just went for it, and it worked out. I was watching the leaderboard all day, and I knew that I was nine under with three to play so I wanted to see what I could do before the finish, and I did pretty good!
“I hit only pure shots from the 13th, I couldn’t do any better, and all I wanted to do this week was earn enough money to confirm my card for next year. I didn’t want to take any risks, kept the ball in play and I hit pure shots, so it worked.”
There was plenty for the supportive home galleries to get behind on Sunday too, as Hu bounced back from an opening triple bogey with six birdies in a row from the 11th, a run that at one point had him tied for the lead.
He would come up just short though as Edfors pulled clear, but the Chinese player carded a 67 in the end to match the score of those he finished alongside in third – Ritthammer and Sluiter.
They finished a shot clear of a quartet in a tie for sixth at ten under par, namely Björn Åkesson (68), Matteo Delpodio (69), Daniel Gaunt (67) and Mark Tullo (71), who all gained valuable Ranking points.
Pontus Widegren (68) rounded out the top ten alongside the French pair of Edouard Espana (67) and Cyril Bouniol (69), while overnight leader Antonio Hortal carded a two over par 74 to fall back into a tie for 13th alongside Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren (66).
Former US Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick had been going great guns on the final day thanks to four birdies in his first ten holes, but the Sheffield native dropped shots at the 16th and 18th, which saw him fall back into a tie for 23rd place.
Par 216 (3x72). Tournament reduced to three rounds because of bad weather
201 J Edfors (Swe) 69 66 66,
204 M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 72 67 65,
205 T Sluiter  (Ned) 71 67 67, H Mu (Chn) 70 68 67, B Ritthammer (Ger) 72 66 67,
206 B Åkesson (Swe) 70 68 68, D Gaunt (Eng) 72 67 67, M Tullo (Chi) 65 70 71, M Delpodio  (Ita) 71 66 69,
207 C Bouniol (Fra) 70 68 69, E Espana (Fra) 69 71 67, P Widegren  (Swe) 70 69 68,
208 J Lagergren (Swe) 70 72 66, A Hortal  (Esp) 69 65 74

209 D Law (Sco) 73 70 66, L Jensen (Den) 69 69 71, Y Tian (Chn) 71 69 69,
210 A Velasco (Esp) 70 68 72, S Tiley (Eng) 73 68 69, P Maddy (Eng) 65 76 69, J Huldahl (Den) 71 68 71, C Zi-Hao (Chn) 72 68 70,
211 M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 72 69 70, R Davies (Wal) 72 68 71, B Evans  (Eng) 72 70 69,
212 J Roos (RSA) 73 68 71, S Brown (Eng) 73 70 69, Z Guo-Wu (Chn) 71 69 72, C Paisley  (Eng) 70 71 71, C Hanson (Eng) 72 70 70,
213 Y Guang-Ming (Chn) 72 70 71, J Lando Casanova  (Fra) 71 72 70, T Linard (Fra) 72 68 73,
214 A Bernadet  (Fra) 72 71 71, M Orrin (Eng) 73 72 69, J Fahrbring (Swe) 72 72 70, R Coles (Eng) 73 71 70, A Marshall (Eng) 73 71 70, J Guerrier  (Fra) 70 77 67,
215 Z Hui-Lin (Chn) 72 71 72, J Barnes (Eng) 72 69 74, S Henry  (Sco) 72 69 74, H Joannes  (Bel) 72 71 72,
216 J Palmer (Eng) 73 72 71, W Harrold (Eng) 73 72 71,
217 N Ravano (Ita) 70 71 76,
219 Z Xiongyi (Chn) 73 73 73, W Zi-Ting (Chn) 72 74 73, T Rongjian (Chn) 73 74 72,
220 L Gui-Ming (Chn) 73 73 74,
222 C Aguilar  (Esp) 73 75 74, C Xiao-Ma (Chn) 73 78 71,




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