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Monday, April 19, 2010

South Korea's YE Yang wins China Open

South Korea's YE Yang fired a final-round one-under-par 71 to win the China Open by two shots from Welsh pair Rhys Davies and Stephen Dodd.

The USPGA winner, 38, began the day on 14 under, a one-shot lead over another Welshman Jamie Donaldson who finished three shots adrift of the Korean.

Round of the day belonged to Davies who shot a 67 having carded 65 on Friday.

England's Oliver Fisher was seventh and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell finished tied for eighth place.

Donaldson finished with back-to-back birdies to end his campaign joint fourth with Finland's Mikko Ilonen (73) and Sweden's Johan Edfors (69).

Yang held a one-shot lead at the turn having managed only one birdie on the first nine - at the second.

Donaldson joined Yang at the top of the leaderboard with a short putt at the par-five 12th but on the following hole fortunes took a turn for the worse when he three-putted for a double bogey.

Donaldson bounced back with a fourth birdie of the day on the 14th to once again cut Yang's lead to a single shot, before the Korean responded with a six-foot birdie.

At the 17th, Yang gained a three-shot cushion after Donaldson missed the green at the par-three 17th and failed to make the up and down.

Although Yang bogeyed the last after finding sand off the final tee, his 71 was enough to land him his 10th career title and third on the European Tour.

Despite the victory, the USPGA champion believes he will need to consistently finish in the top places to convince his "doubters".
"It was quite important for me to win," he said.

"There should be some doubters about my game and I know that this win won't abolish all those doubts, but I think it will alleviate me of some of the pressure and unseen pressure those doubters have been throwing at me.

"There have been a lot of expectations of me after the win and it does feel good and alleviating, but I know I still have to work a lot more."

Davies, who came into the event having won his maiden European Tour title in Morocco last month, was delighted with his performance.

"I really gave it a go on the front nine but I am little disappointed I didn't capitalise on the back nine," said the 24-year-old.

"I am real believer in that once you get it going you put your foot down, that couldn't happen but I will take that."

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