Wu makes history with Lyoness Open triumph


Wu Ashun became the first Chinese player to win multiple European Tour titles with a one-shot victory in the Lyoness Open on Sunday.

A sublime seven-under 65 put Wu just one shot behind leader Zander Lombard after the third round at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg and the 30-year-old finished with a 69 to seal victory by a solitary stroke from Adrian Otaegui.

Wu claimed his maiden European Tour victory in the China Open last year and picked up another trophy after making seven birdies in a final round to move to 13 under as Lombard could only manage a two-over 74 to finish four shots back in fifth spot.

A birdie at the first enable Wu to join Lombard at the top of the leaderboard and he went out on his own by tapping in for another gain at the third despite hitting the branch of a tree with his second shot.

Wu dropped his first shot of the day at the fifth after another birdie at the fourth and suffered a double-bogey setback at the 10th when he took a penalty drop after his second shot went beyond the back of the green.

The wheels appeared to be coming off when Wu bogeyed the next hole, but two birdies in the last six holes repaired the damage and proved to be enough to come out on top.

Spaniard Otaegui joined Wu at the top of the leaderboard when he made his fourth birdie of the day at 16, but his only bogey at the penultimate hole proved to be costly as a closing 69 saw him fall just short.

Englishmen Richard McEvoy and James Morrison were third and fourth on 11 under and 10 under respectively, with Lombard paying the price for a double-bogey and three bogeys in a two-over 74.