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Honma Hong Kong Open

Floating all the way to Fanling: amateur duo earn dream ticket to play in Hong Kong Open

Yue Yin-ho and Humphrey Wong edge out Linus Lo Kwong-san in a play-off to qualify for December’s US$2 million event at Hong Kong Golf Club

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 September, 2016, 4:30pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 September, 2016, 4:30pm

Teenage amateurs Yue Yin-ho and Humphrey Wong edged out fellow Hong Kong teammate Linus Lo Kwong-san in a play-off at Fanling to qualify for December’s UBS Hong Kong Open.

Yue, Wong and Lo carded one-under-par totals after two rounds over the new course at Hong Kong Golf Club top the leaderboard of 37 invited local professionals and amateurs by one shot ahead of Derek Fung.

And after Lo could only bogey the second hole of the sudden death play-off, Yue and Wong will join Olympic Games gold medallist Justin Rose and Masters champion Danny Willett in the field at Hong Kong Golf Club on December 8-11.

“I’m floating right now, this is a dream come true,” said an ecstatic 16-year-old Yue, who is likely to be one of the youngest players in the field.

“I prepared so well for this event and was really pleased with the way I controlled my game over the two days.”

This year the US$2 million Hong Kong Open will end the current Asian Tour season, while starting the European Tour’s 2016/17 schedule.

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“I am so happy and will use my past experience to get ready for the Hong Kong Open,” said 18-year-old Wong, who also qualified in 2013.

Former US Open winner Rose is the defending champion having claimed a one shot victory last year, while Willett is no stranger to Fanling, having finished in a tie for 21st in 2011.