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Rookie Voke Impresses With Second China Win

Nick Voke has captured his second consecutive PGA Tour China title at the Macau Championship (Photo: PGA TOUR Series-China/Zhuang Liu)
A blistering finish has earned promising New Zealand rookie Nick Voke his second win in as many events on the PGA Tour China, the 23-year-old now all but assured a place on the Web.com Tour in 2019.

Voke picked up four shots in the final six holes, including a dramatic eagle at the par-5 17th, to win the Macau Championship, his second consecutive win in just three starts on the circuit.

Starting the day three shots out of the lead and sharing sixth place Voke went to the turn 1-under after offsetting three birdies with two bogeys.

But a bogey free back nine which featured two birdies and an eagle from the 13th was enough to seal a two-shot victory and move the rookie to third on the Order of Merit.

With the top five finishers at the end of the year earning status on the Web.com Tour Voke is in prime position to be playing in America in 2019 and have the opportunity to claim a PGA Tour card for 2020.

“It was a big day out there,” he said of his Sunday play. “On the front nine, I didn’t quite have it. I was hitting some below-average approach shots.

“Fortunately, I hit it really close on number nine and made the turn at one-under, and I really wanted to get some momentum on the back nine.

“I hit a good drive on 17 and had 241 yards left to the flag. I only wanted to hit it about 230 yards, then slightly pulled it and it managed to finish 29 feet from the flag, so walking up there I knew a two-putt would be huge.

“I just hit a good putt with good speed, and it managed to find its way to the bottom of the hole.”

It’s been an impressive first year in the pay for play ranks for Voke who finished fourth in his first PGA Tour Series China event in early September and third at an Asian Tour event two weeks ago.

“I know what I need to do to play well,” he said. “I know if I play this golf course 100 times, my scoring will be at its best if I play it a certain way, so I stuck to my strategy.

“I think I got a few lucky breaks and you need that to win, so it was good. 

“On the 17th fairway, I thought a birdie would put me in a tie for the lead and I managed to roll in a putt for eagle.

“I thought I was one ahead going into the last and then just secured a really solid par, so I’m over the moon.”

American Trevor Sluman finished runner-up with five players sharing third three shots behind the New Zealander.

Jack Munro was the best of the Australians at T24, one shot ahead of Bryden Macpherson (T31) followed by Peter Martin (T36) with Max McCardle, Kevin Yuan and another New Zealander, Luke Toomey, all T43.


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