Alexander Bjork claims maiden European Tour win at China Open
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 29/04/18 12:20pm
Alexander Bjork fired a blemish-free 64 to claim his maiden European Tour victory at the Volvo China Open.
The Swede posted seven birdies in a flawless display at Topwin Golf and Country Club to get to 18 under and stay a shot clear of Adrian Otaegui.
Overnight joint-leader Matt Wallace ended the week in tied-third alongside Jordan Smith and Jorge Campillo, with Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard a further stroke back in fifth.
"It's tough to describe the emotions," Bjork told Sky Sports. "I'm really, really happy, really proud of myself the way I played today.
"It's probably one of the best rounds of golf I've ever played, I would say the best round given the situation. I made pretty much no mistakes today so I'm super happy."
Beginning the day a shot off the pace, Bjork posted a close-range gain at the first and holed from 10 feet at the third before getting up-and-down from the bunker to birdie the eighth.
The 27-year-old posted back-to-back gains from the 11th to move alongside clubhouse leader Smith, as Campillo made four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn and Oteagui picked up a shot at the 13th to make it a four-way tie at the top.
Bjork picked up another shot at the 15th, which Otaegui matched, before the Swede rolled in a 10-footer at the 17th and converted a two-putt par at the last to set the clubhouse target.
Otaegui was left to rue a three-putt bogey on the penultimate hole, but recovered to get up-and-down from near the grandstand at the par-five last for a closing birdie to claim outright second.
Wallace also required a final-hole eagle to force a play-off, only for the Englishman to miss the green in two on his way to a two-putt par and a final-round 68.
A bogey-free 68 lifted Paul Dunne inside the top-10, as defending champion Alexander Levy birdied the last to finish six shots off the pace.