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Rose and Day share lead in New Orleans (Reuters)

Justin Rose of Britain hits off the sixth tee during final round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Mark Blinch

(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.




Golf-U.S. PGA Tour New Orleans Classic scores (Reuters)
April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour New Orleans Classic at the par-72 course on Sunday in Avondale, Louisiana -16 Justin Rose (Britain) 69 66 65 Jason Day (Australia) 67 65 68 -15 Blayne Barber (U.S.) 67 70 64 Daniel Berger (U.S.) 66 67 68 -14 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 70 64 68 David Hearn (Canada) 65 70 67 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 64 70 68 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 69 65 68 -13 Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 67 66 70 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 67 68 68 Erik Compton (U.S.) 66 69 68 Morgan Hoffmann (U.S.) 68 66 69 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 64 70 69 -12 Jason Gore (U.S. ...

Wu wins Volvo China Open for 1st European Tour title (The Associated Press)

Tournament winner Wu Ashun of China is greeted by spectators on the 18th hole during the final round of the Volvo China Open golf tournament in Shanghai, China, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Wu became the first Chinese player to win a European Tour title on home soil when he beat David Howell of England by one stroke. (AP Photo)

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.




Steady Wu secures landmark China Open victory (Reuters)

Wu Ashun of China lines up his putt on the second green during the second round of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland July 19, 2013.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

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.




Golf-Steady Wu secures landmark China Open victory (Reuters)
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.

Golf-European Tour China Open scores (Reuters)
April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour China Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in Shanghai -9 Wu Ashun (China) 73 66 69 71 -8 David Howell (Britain) 68 72 68 72 -7 Prom Meesawat (Thailand) 72 70 68 71 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 73 70 69 69 Alexander Levy (France) 69 68 71 73 -6 Li Haotong (China) 71 68 69 74 -5 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 72 68 70 73 -4 Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) 75 69 69 71 Julien Quesne (France) 69 67 76 72 Peter Uihlein (U.S. ...

Westwood makes it an Indonesian hat-trick after playoff (Reuters)
Briton Lee Westwood made it an Indonesian Masters hat-trick by winning the Asian Tour title on Sunday but only after surviving a playoff with Thai Chapchai Nirat after blowing a five-shot lead. He seemed to find his game again with three birdies in four holes, including a long, snaking downhill putt on the par-four 11th to start his back nine but back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 dropped him level with Chapchai.

Golf-Westwood makes it an Indonesian hat-trick after playoff (Reuters)
Briton Lee Westwood made it an Indonesian Masters hat-trick by winning the Asian Tour title on Sunday but only after surviving a playoff with Thai Chapchai Nirat after blowing a five-shot lead. He seemed to find his game again with three birdies in four holes, including a long, snaking downhill putt on the par-four 11th to start his back nine but back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 dropped him level with Chapchai.