Sam Brazel claims maiden European Tour title at Hong Kong Open
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 11/12/16 9:59am
Sam Brazel birdied the last to upstage Rafa Cabrera Bello and claim a shock one-shot win at the Hong Kong Open.
The world No 480, previously without a top-three finish on any tour, posted a closing 68 to top a bunched leaderboard in Fanling and claim a maiden European Tour title.
Beginning the final round tied at the top of the leaderboard, Cabrera Bello took the early advantage with a six-foot birdie at the third and saw his lead doubled when Brazel dropped a shot at the sixth.
The Spaniard then bogeyed the seventh and took two chips to find the green on his way to a double-bogey at the eighth, as Danny Willett birdied five of his first 13 holes to move alongside Brazel at the top.
Willett briefly held the outright lead when Brazel bogeyed the ninth to reach the turn level par, only to card his only dropped shot of the day at the par-four 17th to temporarily leave six players on nine under.
Cabrera Bello started his back nine with a close-range gain, while Brazel followed a first birdie of the day at the 11th by almost making an ace at the par-three next.
The Australian then drained a 35-footer at the 13th to move two shots clear, before Cabrera Bello responded with back-to-back birdies from the 16th to leave the pair all square at the last.
Both players found the par-four green in two but Cabrera Bello couldn't find a final-hole birdie, as Brazel fired his approach to seven feet before rolling in the winning putt.
Andrew Dodt and Tommy Fleetwood finished two strokes back tied-third, with one-time joint-leader David Lipsky a further shot back in fifth.
A four-under 68 left Willett in sixth spot, while defending champion Justin Rose finished 11 shots adrift - one ahead of top seed Patrick Reed.