(Reuters) - England's Justin Rose, who birdied his first three holes, surged into a tie for the lead with Australian Jason Day at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the third round was finally completed on Sunday. Rose fired a sizzling seven-under-par 65 on a receptive, rain-softened layout in Avondale, Louisiana where thunderstorms disrupted play for the first three days, finishing level with Day (68) at 16-under 200. Americans Blayne Barber (64) and Daniel Berger (68) were at 15 under, with Canada's David Hearn (67), New Zealander Danny Lee (68) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (68) a further stroke back in a three-way tie for fifth.
With two Chinese golfers tied for the lead going into the final round of the Volvo China Open, there was a good chance one of them would become the first from the country to capture a European Tour title on home soil. Most eyes were on Li Haotong at the start of the round, the talented 19-year-old touted as a future golf star in China. Instead, it was Wu Ashun, a player nearing 30 who had recently taken six months off to rebuild his swing and had never had a top-10 finish on the tour, who took home the trophy. Wu proved to be the steadiest player during a final round filled with momentum swings, delighting the crowd in his hometown of Shanghai with a final-round 71 to secure a one-stroke victory over David Howell on Sunday.
Wu Ashun became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour title on home soil by claiming his national open by one shot on Sunday after Englishman David Howell faltered on the last. Wu, 29, twice a winner on the Japan Golf Tour, joined Liang Wenchong and Zhang Lian-wei as Chinese winners of European Tour events after the duo claimed previous editions of the Singapore Masters. Very exciting." The duo had started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with China's Li Hao-tong and Alexander Levy but Wu's round of one-under-par 71 on the tricky Shanghai Pudong course was enough for victory in the 20 million yuan ($3.23 million) event.