Shenzhen triumph for Soomin Lee

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Soomin Lee went wire-to-wire at the Shenzhen International to claim his maiden European Tour title in just his sixth start at Genzon Golf Club.

The Korean began the day in a share of top spot with five holes to play and a birdie on the 16th, followed by a superb eagle on the 17th, helped him sign for a closing 71 and clinch a two-shot victory on 16 under par.

It was the culmination of a meteoric rise for the 22 year old from Seoul, who at February's Maybank Championship Malaysia led the field by three shots heading into the final round, before suffering two double bogeys in the final three holes to eventually finish runner up.

In share of second place were Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and South African Brandon Stone, who both finished on 14 under par courtesy of a pair of four under par final rounds of 68.

Player quotes

Soomin Lee

“I'm really happy. I was excited this weekend. My first European Tour win in just six events, it's really incredible. I am really happy and really proud of myself.

“I started on 14 and had a two metre putt, but I made it. So I had confidence and then I made a good par save, before the birdie and the eagle.

“Yesterday I was actually really, really nervous. But I got a break overnight and then this morning, I felt really comfortable.

“I’m very happy with how my game is improving and I am really excited about the future. I'll just enjoy it now and I really, really want to play on the European Tour now.

“My goals now are of course to play the Major Championships, and hopefully win one someday, so I want to move into the top 50 in the world.”

Joost Luiten

“It was a nice birdie on the last to give myself a chance, but I just came up short. But it's been another really good week for me - I played some consistent golf and I was good on the greens.

“If I look back on the third round, when I shot level par, I just didn't score well enough, and that's maybe that little bit that I needed, but it's been a good week.

“Those delays, you've just got to deal with them. Everybody's got to deal with them and you just need to be ready when you need to play, and I've done that well this week.

“I stayed patient and I tried to be as ready as I could when I was out on the golf course. That's all you can do, and that's all you can focus on.”

Brandon Stone

“I played great, I really did, from Thursday all the way to Monday - I've really hit the ball great. I’ve been hitting some great putts that just aren't finding the hole.

“It was a little bit frustrating in the end there. I hit some great putts on 16 and 17 that really should have gone in - I thought they were in the whole way. But 14 under par, sitting second, you can't really complain.

“It was definitely exciting. I said to my caddie, we've just got to give ourselves a chance every hole, and that's what we did.

“We gave ourselves a chance and that's all we can do today. I played great the whole week, but like I said, it’s a little bit disappointing. It’s a little bit bittersweet, but still a great week nonetheless.”

Results:

272 S Lee (Kor) 66 65 70 71,
274 J Luiten (Ned) 68 66 72 68, B Stone (RSA) 67 70 69 68,
275 S Hend (Aus) 71 65 73 66, L Slattery (Eng) 70 66 68 71, A Levy (Fra) 66 72 66 71,
277 B Dredge (Wal) 70 67 68 72,
278 T Olesen (Den) 71 70 67 70, N Elvira (Esp) 70 68 72 68, B Watson (USA) 71 69 72 66, R Karlberg (Swe) 73 69 69 67,
279 T Hatton (Eng) 72 72 68 67,
280 M Ilonen (Fin) 72 70 68 70, J Quesne (Fra) 72 70 67 71, M Jiménez (Esp) 71 70 70 69,
281 D Zecheng (Chn) 72 72 67 70, R Fisher (Eng) 70 69 72 70, F Zanotti (Par) 73 69 69 70,
282 S Gros (Fra) 70 71 68 73, R Bland (Eng) 71 73 69 69, T Fleetwood (Eng) 69 69 72 72, S Benson (Eng) 72 71 66 73, M Southgate (Eng) 74 67 69 72,
283 A Quiros (Esp) 70 69 72 72, C Shinkwin (Eng) 71 71 62 79, E De La Riva (Esp) 68 72 69 74, R Ramsay (Sco) 69 66 71 77, R Jacquelin (Fra) 68 72 72 71, M Manassero (Ita) 70 69 72 72, M Korhonen (Fin) 71 70 70 72,
284 P Dunne (Irl) 68 69 71 76, G Bourdy (Fra) 74 70 70 70, P Edberg (Swe) 72 71 71 70, R Wattel (Fra) 70 70 71 73,
285 D Fichardt (RSA) 70 71 72 72, B Virto Astudillo (Esp) 69 72 72 72, N Holman (Aus) 69 72 68 76,
286 C Zi-Hao (Chn) 72 72 71 71, J Campillo (Esp) 70 71 73 72, D Dixon (Eng) 72 68 73 73, J Morrison (Eng) 70 73 72 71, K Broberg (Swe) 71 70 69 76, G Boyd (Eng) 73 71 70 72, P Hanson (Swe) 74 70 72 70,
287 G Storm (Eng) 71 71 74 71, J McLeary (Sco) 72 69 72 74, D Drysdale (Sco) 73 70 71 73, A Otaegui (Esp) 72 72 73 70, R Kakko (Fin) 76 68 68 75, G Havret (Fra) 74 69 72 72,
288 M Madsen (Den) 74 70 74 70, S Chawrasia (Ind) 72 68 75 73, D Brooks (Eng) 71 70 70 77,
289 Y Yang (Kor) 74 69 72 74, Y Tian (Chn) 70 71 75 73, C Lee (Sco) 72 70 74 73, W Ormsby (Aus) 70 72 75 72,
290 N Fasth (Swe) 73 68 79 70, F Aguilar (Chi) 70 74 74 72, H Porteous (RSA) 73 70 73 74, N Colsaerts (Bel) 72 72 73 73, R Davies (Wal) 70 71 78 71,
291 H Shao-Cai (Chn) 72 71 75 73, M Carlsson (Swe) 72 70 76 73,
292 H Wen-Yi (Chn) 74 70 75 73, H Chi-Hsien (Tpe) 74 70 73 75, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 71 72 73 76,
293 R Paratore (Ita) 75 67 73 78, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 72 73 78,
294 S Khan (Eng) 72 72 73 77,
** G Stal (Fra) 68 71 RT 0,