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Abraham Ancer emerges victorious at LIV Golf Hong Kong after three man playoff


Abraham Ancer LIV Golf Hong Kong winner
Photo by Chris Trotman/LIV Golf

The inaugural LIV Golf Hong Kong concluded in dramatic fashion after the tournament was undecided after 54 holes.


Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith and Paul Casey all finished on 13-under par and so extra holes were required to crown a champion. Ancer started the day with a 5-stroke lead but that all disappeared after a 2-over par final round.


Casey came from eight back on Sunday with a round of 6-under to claim his spot in the playoff, whilst Cam Smith shot 4-under on the final day.


In the end, Ancer emerged victorious from the playoff with a quality birdie on the difficult par-4 18th. Speaking after the round, Ancer said: "It was definitely a grind. I made it a lot more stressful than I envisioned it … I'm really proud of how I felt meantally and how I fought the whole round not having my best stuff."


"I think that second shot was even more important than the tee ball just because I haven't hit one good iron shot all day, and I knew I wanted to pull it off.


"My caddie kind of pumped me up. It's like, all right, it's time to hit the shot of the day, and it came out perfect. I couldn't be happier with how I played that playoff."


As for the team event, it was back-to-back wins for Crushers GC after they also claimed victory at last week's LIV Golf Jeddah. The Crushers finished LIV Hong Kong on 35-under, two shots clear of their nearest rivals Torque GC.


Wild Card Anthony Kim shot his first LIV Golf sub-par round after shooting 5-under on Sunday.


LIV heads to the States next for LIV Golf Miami from April 5 - 7.

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