Australia’s Marchesani fifth at Haikou Championship

Victorian James Marchesani has secured a top-5 finish at the Haikou Championship on the PGA Tour Series-China to be the best of the Australians in the PGA Tour feeder tournament.

At one stage. Marchesani held a three stroke lead before play was suspended due to weather. Upon his return he made a double-bogey on the 16th hole which saw his lead reduced to one shot from China’s Zheng Ouyang heading into the final round.

James Marchesani James Marchesani (Credit: PGA Tour China)

But Marchesani was not able to keep his momentum going. A costly double-bogey at the par-3 eighth saw him make the turn at 1-over for his round before firing birdies at 10 and 13 to keep his hopes alive. Another dropped shot at the par-3 17th left him three shots adrift of the playoff.

American David Kocher beat Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihira with a birdie on the first extra hole to claim the title. Kocher completed a 3-under 69 in the morning in the completion of the weather-delayed third round and shot a 66 in the afternoon.

Byrden Macpherson and Max McCardle both secured top-20 finishes at 3 and 2-under respectively for the week with Kevin Yuan a further shot back in a tie for 26th. Charlie Dann also made the weekend finishing in a tie for 42nd.

Marchesani has been playing on the PGA Tour of Australasia since 2017 and has recorded a T2 finish at the Fiji International and a T3 finish at the Victorian PGA Championship.

This is his second season playing in Asia with his best finish a tied 4th at the Qinhuangdao Championship in September last year. Following the weekend his world ranking climbed from 906th to 821st.