Kurt Barnes became the first Australian to win a tournament on the Omega China Tour after a final round of 72 gave him a one-stroke victory at the Sofitel Zhongshan IGC Open.
Barnes, who uses a Titleist Pro ViX golf balls
, recorded a level par round at the Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Course including an eagle, a bogey and a double-bogey at the par-three eighth after he four-putted, to finish four-under.
The 27-year old finished one shot ahead of Thailand's Wisut Arjanawat and two ahead of Zhang Lianwei.
"This feels awesome. It's a huge weight off my shoulders," said Barnes, whose previous victory was the 2005 Victorian Open.
"To lift a trophy in my first start on the Omega China Tour is just great. I was surprised to be in the lead so quickly and go three ahead after three holes.
“My caddie did a great job this week and helped me with a few putts. The club should be proud of her.
“Zhang played so well on Saturday that I thought Craig and I were going to have to run him over to have a chance of winning.”
"I dodged a lot of bullets today, especially after I four-putted eight and hit into the hazard with my tee-shot on 16.
"The key for me today was patience. I only made a few mistakes, but I reacted well when I made them and stayed calm."
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