October 6, 2014
BEIJING—When the final round of the Ping An Bank Open began, a few players held out hope that they could catch 54-hole leader Eugene Wong. Two things would have to happen, though, if that were to occur. One of those players would have to go low, and Wong would have to screw up. The second part of the equation did not happen.
Despite three back-nine bogeys Sunday, Wong cruised to a five-shot win over former University of Oregon teammate Rak Cho and China’s Zihao Chen. The victory moved Wong to second on the Order of Merit through five tournaments, behind only Josh Geary.
When the day began, Wong, the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the College Player of the Year, held the big advantage over China’s Zhang Huilin. Immediately, Wong’s lead grew to nine strokes when birdied his first hole of the day. Wong added two more birdies, on Nos. 5 and 9, and made the turn with the nine-shot lead. Even with Cho shooting a 7-under 65 and making some noise, Wong was on cruise control.
“I’ve been playing really well…
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