Aaron Rai claimed the Hong Kong Open by a solitary shot to secure his first European Tour win

  • Aaron Rai held off Fitzpatrick to claim the Hong Kong Open by a solitary shot 
  • The 23-year-old finished on 17-under, courtesy of a one-under par final round
  • Fitzpatrick finished five shots clear of Jason Scrivener and Victor Perez in third
  • Rai’s victory was the 10th English success in the last 16 weeks on the circuit 

Another week on the European Tour, another win for an Englishman.

Aaron Rai’s accomplished victory over a fast-finishing Matt Fitzpatrick in the Honma Hong Kong Open on Sunday was the 10th English success in the last 16 weeks on the circuit, an unprecedented period of domination by players from one nation going back to the tour’s formation in 1976.

Rai certainly had to work hard for his maiden success on the regular tour. Fitzpatrick put the 23-year-old from Wolverhampton under such pressure the latter’s seemingly comfortable six-shot lead at the start of the final round had been reduced to a stroke with three to play. But the highly rated Rai held on for a deserved triumph to pick up £258,610 in prize money.

Aaron Rai claimed the Hong Kong Open by a solitary shot to secure his first European Tour win
Aaron Rai claimed the Hong Kong Open by a solitary shot to secure his first European Tour win

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