Hong Kong golfer Jason Hak Shun-yat ’s second place on the China Tour Order of Merit is the best finish ever by a player from the city, and he is hoping to use it as a springboard to a National Games gold medal. The 27-year-old earned a total of 603,576 points and 502,980 yuan (US$78,900) after 11 Tour events, finishing behind China’s Zhang Huilin, and soaring to a career-best 346 in the world rankings. Hak had a superb 2021, which included winning the penultimate Hengdian Championship by nine strokes in November. He also finished second at tournaments in Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Nanshan, and third in Xian and Sanya. “I had a great season with a lot of chances for me to capture the win, but unfortunately finished second. Who doesn’t want to finish first?” said Hak, who picked out his “special” Hengdian final round as the most memorable moment. “It’s still been a good year – I’m not going to not be happy about it – but I know what I need to work on and I’m looking forward to 2022.” Hak’s final event of the year, where he finished in a tie for seventh at the Volvo China Open in December, was not enough to ensure a card on the DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour. He would have been the first Hong Kong-born golfer to do so. But there is no looking back for Hak, who hopes to return to the international circuit against “the best in the world”, should the coronavirus allow. He has not ruled out playing on the Japan and Asian tours. A steady set of results would pave the way for a medal at the next National Games in 2025, which is to be co-hosted by Hong Kong . Hak narrowly missed out on a medal place despite an exciting start at his third National Games in Xian last September. He was the only Hong Kong men’s entrant. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Clearwater Bay Golf & CC. (@cwbgolforg) “Unfortunately my teammate couldn’t be here for not just the [Tour], but the National Games last year,” Hak said. “It did feel lonely out there, but I’m sure we’ll come back strong next time. I can’t wait to have my teammate back and I can only feel proud to represent Hong Kong – I hope I can do more. “For the next National Games, not just individual medals, I definitely hope to get a team medal – especially gold. To do that, we need to get better and the rest will take care of itself.” Hak drags himself into medal contention with late birdie run Danny Lai Yee-june, the Hong Kong Golf Association CEO, said Hak’s result was the best produced by a player from the city on the Tour. “Jason has always been one of our most talented players,” Lai said. “Since he won a silver for us at the 2013 National Games, he has been playing regularly in China in different tournaments with success.” Zhang’s performance earned him a full DP World Tour card and another 350,000 yuan (HK$428,000) in prize money. He won the China Open in 2020, with Hak finishing tied-11th. More big improvements: Jordan Spieth, +82.93% to 14 Bo Van Pelt, +79.25% to 393 Cam Young, +73.25% to 134 Vincent Norrman, +72.81% to 515 Min Woo Lee, +71.51% to 49 Shun Yat Hak (former AJGA #1), +70.04% to 346 Sahith Theegala, +68.62% to 381 Max Homa, +65% to 35 — Brentley Romine (@BrentleyGC) December 27, 2021 “2021 was a fruitful year for Jason. With the change of rules in the  Asian Games to allow professionals to participate, we hope he keeps up his good form and brings home a medal,” said Lai. Hak added: “There’s really no secret. It’s just been me trying to understand more about myself, then from there getting better at little things every day. I want to thank my coach in China, Cao Mingchang, who has guided me all these years and is like family; my coach in the States, Cameron McCormick; and my new assistant coach, Gary Ho. “Obviously I’m the one hitting the golf ball, but there’s a lot of people helping to get to this stage. It’s all teamwork.” Hak has won two China Tour Championships, one in Yunnan in 2017 and the last at the Lushan Open in 2019. He finished 15th in the Order of Merit in 2019, and 37th the year before. At the Hong Kong Open in 2008, a 14-year-old Hak broke Sergio Garcia’s record to become the youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event.