Blyth scores equal fifth in Beijing event

FORMER Yeppoon junior golfer Adam Blyth has finished equal fifth in the Volkswagen MastersChina in Beijing on Sunday night.

After a solid showing over the opening three rounds, Blyth stumbled in the final round carding a 74 to finish at 9 under (279).

It was an encouraging result for Blyth, but he was still a long way off the winner ? highly regarded, and experienced, South African Retief Goosen.

Blyth, 23, has now earned $US45,190 in 12 events on the Asian tour.

Goosen, the world number five, cruised to a six-shot victory to win his first title in Asia.

Turning at seven-under, the double Major-winner finished with a magnificent eight-underpar 64, matching the course record he set in the first round of the $394,170 Asian Tour event at Jinghua Golf Club. The wire-to-wire victory was the world No. 5's 23rd international win and second of the year after the US PGA International just four weeks ago.

Campbell, who trailed the South African by just one shot going into the final day, could only muster a 69 in hot and sunny conditions at the par-72 course.

"I got off to a big lead and on the back nine I was just sort of hanging in there,'' Goosen said.

"I didn't drive too well ? I only hit six fairways out of 14, so I did well to shoot 64.'' Chinese star Zhang Lian Wei eagled a bunker shot on the 12th to finish third at 11-under.



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