Cameron Smith narrowly missed his third win of the year after an eventful final round at the Hong Kong Open, where Thai golfer Phachara Khongwatmai’s controversial conduct added to the back nine drama.
Unusual Finish at Hong Kong Open
Cameron Smith almost clinched his third win of the year at the Hong Kong Open, but ultimately finished as the runner-up in a highly unusual tournament ending.
Controversial Conduct of Phachara Khongwatmai
Thai golfer Phachara Khongwatmai’s conduct in the final round added drama, as his actions, including seeking relief from his lie in the bushes and a prolonged delay, frustrated his playing partners Smith and Ben Campbell.
Tension-Filled Final Round
The tension escalated as Khongwatmai’s prolonged struggle in the bushes on the 16th hole ended with a double-bogey, leading to a two-shot swing that put Smith in the lead. However, a twist on the 17th hole saw Campbell and Khongwatmai join Smith, setting the stage for a dramatic finish at the tough 18th hole.
Campbell’s Victory and Smith’s Reaction
Ben Campbell secured the victory with a brilliant birdie at the 18th hole, edging out Smith and Khongwatmai. Despite the disappointment, Smith’s runner-up finish serves as ideal preparation for his upcoming tournament.