• Wood’s three-putt hands Wu the win

    Ashun Wu wins KLM Open
    Another win for Wu

    Wu Ashun birdied the last to overcome Chris Wood in a thrilling final day battle and win his third European Tour title at the KLM Open.

    The Chinese entered round four one shot behind Wood and after briefly edging ahead in the early stages, spent most of the day playing catch up at The Dutch before birdies on the 14th and 15th moved him level at 15 under.

    A stunning second into the par five last set up the closing birdie in a 67 and with Wood making a par, Wu claimed his first win since the 2016 Lyoness Open.

    Wood’s closing 69 left the Englishman one shot clear of Belgian Thomas Detry and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara, with three-time Major Championship winner Padraig Harrington at 13 under.

    Wu’s third win makes him the most successful Chinese player in European Tour history and represents an excellent return to form after he needed the Access List to keep his playing privileges last season.

    Wood bogeyed the first after finding the sand to make it a four-way tie for the lead but Wu’s approach to the second was inside three feet and he was the solo leader.

    A response was needed from the overnight leader and he produced one straight away, putting his second to the second to five feet for a bounceback birdie.

    Wu had found his range and he hit an excellent tee-shot into the par three fourth and rolled home from 15 feet to get back in front.

    Wood took advantage of the par five to sixth to get back level and when Wu hit his tee-shot right into thick rough on the seventh, Wood led again.

    An approach to five feet at the tenth and an an excellent ten-foot right-to-lefter on the next put Wood three ahead but his lead slipped to one when he found the water to double-bogey the 12th.

    He spun a wonderful approach to tap-in range on the 13th to get back to two ahead but Wu hit an excellent tee-shot into the par three 14th and an approach to four feet on the next to move into a share.

    With the tee up 141 yards on the par five last, Wu hit a stunning second into the green for his closing gain and a three-putt from Wood meant the tile belonged to the 33-year-old.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen finished in the group sharing 11th place after a 68 that included five birdies.

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