Wade Ormsby has claimed his second Hong Kong Open in four years holding off Shane Lowry to win by four strokes.
Ormsby looked unflappable all weekend. Taking a two-stroke lead going into the final round., Ormsby carded his third-consecutive round of 66 on Sunday to finish at 17 under par to finish four strokes ahead of Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
Bernie McGuire reported that the tournament had been postponed by a month due to recent protests in Hong Kong, meaning the European Tour pulled out of co-sanctioning the event with the Asian Tour.
The 2019 event, and set down for early December, was postponed over fears for player safety resulting from the on-going demonstrations in Hong Kong but was then rescheduled for this past week but with the European Tour electing not to go ahead with joining the Asian Tour in sanctioning the event as it clashed with the co-sanctioning of the South African Open.
Had the European Tour co-sanctioned the Hong Kong Open it would see Ormsby, and a full 2020 European Tour member, handed a virtual three-year exemption given he would be exempt on the European Tour to the end of the 2022 season.