Chinese golfer Li Haotong finishes third at British Open

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/07/24 19:43
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Chinese golfer Li Haotong (李昊桐) propelled himself to the

Chinese golfer Li Haotong propelled himself to the third-place finish at the British Open. (photo from THE OPEN website

third-place finish at the British Open at Royal Birkdale by posting a seven under par 63 on the final day, making him the most accomplished Chinese golfer in a men’s major championship.

The young Chinese golfer started the day at one over par after rounds of 69, 73 and 69 and he was locked in with pars on the first seven holes before a remarkable run of seven birdies and four pars in his remaining 11 holes on Sunday. Li, 21, shot a seven-under par 63 in his final round to finish on six under par overall.

It is just the 32nd round of 63 ever recorded in a major championship and just the 11th achieved at a British Open. The record-breaking 62 was just registered on the previous day by South Africa’s Branden Grace.

For a while Li’s stunning finish raised a glimmer of hope in the audience’s mind that it might be enough to catch the leaders as they started to falter mid-way through their final round.

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