Ashun makes history in Shanghai

European Tour

China’s Wu Ashun made history on Sunday by winning the Volvo China Open in Shanghai.

The victory saw Ashun become the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil, the third ever Chinese winner on the Tour and first to win an event since Liang Wen-chong’s victory at the 2007 Singapore Masters.

“It’s a wonderful day today. Everyone knows it’s very tough today, I played very good today and I’ve enjoyed this week,” Ashun told Europeantour.com.

“It’s been a wonderful week with wonderful weather and I’d like to thank everybody. It’s very special winning the China Open and it’s very exciting.

“I have many friends here, and they helped me a lot and pushed me to play well.”

The 29-year-old started Sunday’s final round tied for first place with England’s David Howell, French defending champion Alexander Levy and 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Hao-tong Li.

He pulled away from the pack with two birdies and a bogey to finish on nine-under and win by a single stroke.

Howell carded an even-par 72 to finish second, while Levy posted a one-over 73 and finished tied for third with Emiliano Grillo and Prom Meesawatt on seven-under.

Li, meanwhile, finished sixth on six-under after he shot 74 in the final round.

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