Liang wins, Barnes 5th in Chengdu

Local hero Liang Weng Chong defied a determined challenge from 32 year old, Kim Hyung Tae Kim, to win the first event of the 2010 One Asian Tour season, the Luxehills Chengdu Open in Sichuan Province in China.

Liang led from his opening round of 64 but was briefly headed when Kim birdied the 17th in today's final round before he was able to birdie the 72nd hole to draw level again. Liang would take the title with a two putt birdie at the first extra hole.

Liang was the highest world ranked player in this week's field and therefore it could be said that the final result went according to seeding but the 31 year old was forced to hold off the strong challenge from the Korean whose final round of 66 took him so close. Liang won US$180,000 and moves immediately to the top of the 2010 OneAsia Tour money list.

Just two weeks ago Kim, who has played in Japan and Korea is recent years, won a tournament in Shanghai so he arrived in Chengdu in good form.

Korean Do Hoon Kim played his last five holes in five under to grab a share of third with fellow countryman Kyung Nam Kang who recovered from an early bogey with a round of 66.

Bio Kim finished in a share of 5th with the leading Australian Kurt Barnes. Barnes earns US$38,000 and now heads to Japan to play the Token Homemate cup there in two weeks time.

Scott Arnold and Scott Strange finished in a share of 7th.

The second event of the 2010 One Asia series is in Beijing in two weeks time when the Volvo China Open is co sanctioned with the European Tour.

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