June 23, 2019

Final Round: Notes and Quotes

David Kocher in action during the Huangshan Championship (PGA TOUR Series-China/Zhang Liu)

 

Final Results: Huangshan Championship

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Pos.

Name

Scores

Current

OOM Position

1

Zhengkai Bai (China)

69-68-67—204 (-12)

9

2

David Kocher (U.S)

65-68-73—206 (-10)

1

3

a-Guxin Chen (China)

68-69-70—207 (-9)

N/A

T4

Sejun Yoon (U.S.)

68-71-70—209 (-7)

39

T4

Max McGreevy (U.S.)

69-68-72—209 (-7)

3

T4

Luke Kwon (South Korea)

69-67-73—209 (-7)

4

T7

Joey Lane (U.S.)

75-69-66—210 (-6)

27

T7

Gunn Charoenkul (Thailand)

69-74-67—210 (-6)

15

T9

Bowen Xiao (China)

73-70-68—211 (-5)

T72

T9

Ryann Ree (U.S.)

72-71-68—211 (-5)

11

T9

Koki Ishihara (Japan)

74-68-69—211 (-5)

T72

T9

Brad Gehl (U.S.)

68-70-73—211 (-5)

21

T9

Woojin Jung (South Korea)

67-70-74—211 (-5)

30

T9

Dinggen Chen (China)

67-70-74—211 (-5)

60

** As of June 23

 

Did you know that Zhengkai “Bobby” Bai had a decorated amateur career. He reached a career-high ranking of 134th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking and played in the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships, where he finished ninth.

 

Key Information

  • The course this week is a par-72 totaling 7,288 yards.
  • Zhengkai Bai started playing golf at age seven.
  • Like Yechun Yuan, who is now on the Korn Ferry Tour, Zhengkai Bai has also received coaching from renowned instructor Sean Foley, who currently counts Justin Rose, among others, as one of his pupils.
  • David Kocher turned pro in 2018 after graduating from the University of Maryland.
  • This was Dinggen Chen’s 51st career PGA TOUR Series-China start. Prior to this week, he had never had a top-10 in his career but he ended that streak with his tie for ninth. His previous career-best finishes—two ties for 11th—came at both the 2014 and the 2015 Nine Dragons Open.
  • Amateur Guxin Chen recovered from a double bogey on hole 3 to card four more birdies for a 70, moving him into third place. The finish was his best on PGA TOUR Series-China. 
  • Amateur Guxin Chen has made five cuts in his his 12 career PGA TOUR Series-China appearances. Before this week, his top 2019 showing was a tie for 42nd at last week’s Suzhou Championship. 
  • Zhengkai Bai has played in only two previous PGA TOUR Series-China tournaments as a professional. He tied for 57th in his debut, at the Qinhuangdao Championship, and tied for 28th last week at the Suzhou Open. He also made four starts in the inaugural season of 2014, missing the cut in all four tournaments when he was a teenager.
  • Zhengkai Bai has played eight consecutive rounds under-par. His streak began with a 2-under 70 in the final round of the Qinhuangdao Championship. He added three more 2-under 70s last week to go with a second-round 71 last week and was sub-par in each of his three rounds this week.
  • American Max McGreevy has yet to finish outside the top 20 in a PGA TOUR Series-China tournament. He has finished fourth, tied for second, tied for 19th, tied for third, tied for 12th, finished third and tied for eighth prior to this week’s fourth-place performance.
  • Four players from China—winner Zhengkai Bai, amateur Guxin Chen (third), Bowen Xiao (tied for ninth) and Dinggen Chen (tied for ninth)—all finished inside the top 10, the most this season. 
  • In three previous starts this season, Bowen Xiao had missed the cut each time. His last made cut came in September 2018, at the Qinghuangdao Championship. He ended that streak this week when he tied for ninth, only his second career top-10 in 36 career starts.
  • Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul continues his solid play this season. After missing the cut in the season-opening Chongqing Championship, Charoenkul has posted five consecutive top-10s, his tie for seventh this week his latest. Eleven of his last 12 rounds have been par or better, this week’s second-round 74 his only blemish.

Quotable

“In Florida it rains a lot, so I’ve already gotten used to it. The rain didn’t affect me a lot.”  – Zhengkai Bai

“I only saw the scoreboard on hole 18. So when I saw the scoreboard on the final hole I was very happy.” – Zhengkai Bai

“I tried to stick to my gameplan and hit quality golf shots all around and let them come to me and try to shoot a another under-par round, but it just didn’t work out. That’s golf.” – David Kocher

“I was proud of the way I hung in there without my best stuff. It’s a tough golf course. It was a great week, and I played very well the last couple of days. It just didn’t work out my way on the last day.” – David Kocher

“I didn’t get much momentum, and I was just grinding out there. I thought if I could shoot 3-under on the back nine I could have a pretty good chance of winning, and I ended up only shooting even (-par) on the back.” – David Kocher

 

Tournament Fast Fact

This is the inaugural Huangshan Championship and second consecutive week the Tour has visited a Gary Player-designed course. Last week’s Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club was also designed by the “Black Knight.”

 

Final-Round Weather Report

Cloudy. High of 82. Wind NE at 10 mph.