CHONGQING, Dec. 1 (Xinhua)-- Golf China Tour Championship closed here Sunday, as the top Chinese player, the world No. 63 Li Haotong finished second and Suteepat Prateeptienchai from Thailand took the crown.
The four-round 72-hole game teed off at a mountain style golf course on Nov. 27. The champion's world ranking score rose to a record-breaking eight with Li Haotong's attendance.
Compared to Suteepat who bagged seven birdies and one eagle in the first round, the Chinese player's performance during the opening two rounds was relatively straightforward on the course he never practiced before.
In the third round, Li was paired with Maverick Antcliff, the China Tour's 2019 season triple-crown winner. The home hope's swing became more decisive. Though his aggressive jerk ended with a bogey in the 12th hole, his total of seven birdies still tied him with Suteepat and Maverick on 204 strokes.
The fourth round saw Suteepat's vibrant start with two birdies and one eagle in the first four holes to leave Li behind by four strokes. The Chinese star player improved his form after the fourth hole and seized on the Thai's 15th and 17th holes' mistakes to draw level to drag the game into a playoff.
A dramatic turn happened in the first playoff. Suteepat putt the ball to less than three yards to the hole to almost make a birdie, but he missed the last putt to seal the championship. However, he didn't give Li more chances to survive in the second playoff.
"I was super nervous when standing on the green in the first playoff," Suteepat said. "Li Haotong plays well, but I just believe I will be the best."