SA's Norris wins in Tapei

Shaun Norris (Gallo Images)
Shaun Norris (Gallo Images)

Taipei - Shaun Norris overcame swirling winds with a four-under-par 68 to win the weather-shortened Yeangder Tournament Players Championship by two shots on Sunday, pipping overnight leader Miguel Tabuena.

The 33-year-old Asian Tour rookie from South Africa shot five birdies in his opening seven holes and finished with a winning total of 12-under-par 204, after Friday's second round was washed out by rain.

"I always joke with my family and friends that I play better in the worst conditions. I think it makes me concentrate more. I probably focus more," said Norris.

"I only realised how the scoreboard looked after 17. I was a little bit nervous heading into 18."

Norris overcame a three-shot deficit to beat Tabuena, who was again frustrated after he lost a play-off at the event in Taipei last year.

"How many times do I have to finish second? It is frustrating, but I'm still happy with the way I played," said the Filipino.

South Korea's Kim Gi-Whan, Taiwan's Hsu Hao-sheng of Chinese Taipei, Keith Horne of South Africa and Thai duo Panuphol Pittayarat and Natipong Srithong tied for third place.

Scores (par 72)

204 - Shaun Norris (RSA) 68-68-68

206 - Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 68-65-73

208 - Kim Gi-Whan (KOR) 69-71-68, Panuphol Pittayarat (THA) 68-71-69, Hsu Hao-sheng (TPE) 69-70-69, Keith Horne (RSA) 69-68-71, Natipong Srithong (THA) 70-65-73

209 - Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 70-69-70, Danny Chia (MAS) 71-67-71

210 - Wang Jeung-Hun (KOR) 72-68-70, Prom Meesawat (THA) 70-70-70, Berry Henson (USA) 70-70-70, Lu Wen-teh (TPE) 68-71-71, S. Chikka (IND) 73-65-72

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