The heavyweights of the Hong Kong Open field said they would go down swinging on the final day of competition on Sunday, and they delivered on that promise. Still it wasn’t enough to halt the unstoppable charge of Wade Ormsby towards a second, hugely impressive Fanling title in three years. The irrepressible Australian became only the competition’s second wire-to-wire winner courtesy of an assured final round of four-under-par 66, but in truth, such was his dominance here, he looked as though he had the tournament sewn up long before he took the standing ovation of a packed 18th hole gallery on Sunday evening. “I felt like the pressure was on all week, Ormsby said. “I’m proud of the way I played this week and it’s nice to get 2020 off to a flying start. He appeared to offer a glimmer of hope to the field after hole one when he uncharacteristically bogeyed the opener – just his fifth dropped shot of the week. But any motivation his rivals may have drawn from that aberration was soon snuffed out as he birdied the following three holes straight. Breaking! @wadeormsby wins the Hong Kong Open for the second time! #TheHKOpen #whereitsAT pic.twitter.com/lma6CVwhXt — Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) January 12, 2020 “The first four shots up the first weren’t that good [today], but after that I really got it going,” he said. It was perhaps fitting that Ormsby should deliver his country’s 14th Hong Kong win in 61 editions (the most wins by a distance) when his compatriots are perhaps most in need of a boost as they begin to recover from the ravages of the devastating bush fires that have swept across the nation. “I’m forever refreshing my phone trying to keep touch with what’s going on back there,” Ormsby said. “It means a lot because of what our country is going through. “The fact that people are pulling together makes you proud to be from a country like Australia. It’s not over by any means but it gives you motivation in a way. It makes you do your best and make people smile a bit, whatever little part I can do.” I’m proud of the way I played this week and it’s nice to get 2020 off to a flying start Wade Ormsby His challengers were long-since left in his wake by Sunday, but still they rallied to try to reel him in. The glamour flight of Tony Finau, Shane Lowry and Tomoharu Otsuki was always likely to be where the main threat to Ormsby’s procession came from. And so it was as Lowry leapt quickly into his charge with a birdie on the opener. Further birdies followed at four, nine and 12, and when he registered a spectacular eagle on the par-five 13th, there was a spark of excitement in the packed gallery following the group with the chances of a meaningful challenge beginning to take shape. However, the Irishman’s challenge had faded two holes later when he bogeyed the 15th. He got that shot back with a birdie at the 16th, but by then there was a hint of resignation about his play as the spectre of Ormsby – two holes back and pulling further clear at the top of the leader board, continued to haunt with every glance at the leader board. Lowry saved his best for last, but his effort of six-under-par 64 wasn’t close enough for him to reel in the champion and he was forced to settle for second place. “I’m very happy with myself,” said the British Open champion. “Fair play to Wade – he’s kind of run away with it and didn’t give us a chance. I went out there and did as much as I could. 64 is a pretty good score in these conditions. I mean, I got so much out of this week, I played some good golf.” Lowry spoke many times this week of his respect for the Fanling course and said he was happy with his week’s work as his season gets underway. “It was a golf course I didn’t have much success on in the past,” he said. “Obviously, I’m a different player to what I was then. I really enjoyed it this week. It’s a great golf course and great place to play a tournament and everything about Hong Kong and my week has been really good.” Ormsby inches closer to a wire-to-wire triumph as big guns vow to go out blazing After a fine Saturday, world No 18 Finau had promised an aggressive attempt to catch Ormsby on Sunday. Sublime at times, his three-under-par 67 included six birdies as the American attacked every hole of the Championship Course and was ultimately good enough for fifth place. But the Hong Kong course demands respect and that approach also stained his card, most damagingly with a double-bogey on the last hole. “Obviously a little salty taste with the double on the last,” Finau said. “I mean, I knew I couldn’t win the tournament, but I tried to be aggressive there and make a birdie but the wind changed on me and the ball went into the water. “It was nice to play in Hong Kong, I enjoyed my week. It was nice to play with Shane and we had some good vibes out there. Overall, I’ll look back at the experience and enjoy it for sure.” Elsewhere, Thailand’s golfers capped a great week as Gunn Charoenkul and Asian player of the year Jazz Janewattananond completed consistent outings to take third and fourth places respectively.