Shane Lowry finishes second in first tournament of his season

  • Shane Lowry finishes second in first tournament of his season

Shane Lowry finishes second in first tournament of his season

Australian Wade Ormsby fired his third consecutive 4-under 66 to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Hong Kong Open.

The Offaly man finished up on 13 under par, four shots off the victor Australian Wade Ormsby.

He and US Ryder Cup player Tony Finau left together on the last day six shots from Ormsby, and although Lowry improved his performance with a dazzling final, it was not enough to close the significant gap.

"I am right where I want to be, and I am looking forward to the weekend", Lowry said after a round that included five birdies. He finished at 17-under 263 to notch a four-stroke triumph over reigning British Open champion Shane Lowry, who closed with 64 to record his best result since hoisting the Claret Jug in July.

Ormsby birdied the 17th and calmly sunk a short putt at the finish, pumping his fist in the air and swigging a beer in front of a cheering gallery on the 18th green.

USA world number 16 Tony Finau started strongly after a lacklustre first day, but shot three bogies over the round to card a one-under 69, seven points adrift of the top.

"Just tried to be aggressive there and make a birdie and the wind changed on me", the big hitter said.

Thailand's Gunn Charoenkul, who started the final round in second place, shot a 69 to finish in sole possession of third place at 12-under 268.

The Hong Kong Open was scheduled to be played at the start of December, but was postponed due to the social unrest affecting the city over the attempted introduction of a controversial extradition law.

The tournament began on Thursday after a six-week delay because of anti-government protests.