28th November 2017
Chris Hanson got his 2018 European Tour season off to a solid start at the UBS Hong Kong Open this weekend. Although disappointed after a difficult final round, the Yorkshireman once again proved his credentials, challenging at the top end of the leader board for the majority of the week.
Fresh from securing his full European Tour playing rights following his 89th placed finish on last year’s Race To Dubai rankings, Chris headed into his third season on Europe’s premier tour looking to continue his year-on-year improvement.
A one-over-par opening round meant that the TPS-sponsored player was in the mix to make the cut heading into day two, something that Chris achieved with ease thanks to an excellent second day’s play. Four birdies in a bogey-free round lifted the Yorkshireman into T15 at the halfway stage.
With his sights set on troubling the very top of the leader board, Chris’ excellent form continued into moving day where he gained a further three shots. Five birdies on the front nine helped Chris to a three-under-par round meaning he entered the final day’s play in T8 where he was aiming to force himself into the mix.
Unfortunately, Chris ran into trouble at the ninth during his final round where a triple bogey put paid to his chances of threatening the week’s leading group. Closing on an overall score of level-par meant a solid start to Chris’ season, ensuring he claimed valuable Race To Dubai points early in the year.
MB Partners’ Head of Golf, Duncan Maxim, was glad to see Chris competing at the tight end of the standings throughout the week and feels that this bodes well for the year ahead.
“Chris has been itching to get back playing competitive golf and it was great to see him put in a very solid performance. He’s obviously disappointed with Sunday’s round, but he knows he just needs to keep putting himself in those types of pressure situations and the more comfortable he will become. His game is in great shape after the off-season and he’s looking forward to putting in a strong performance on the Gold Coast at the Australian PGA this week.”
Chris will be looking to build on this as he travels to Queensland for the Australian PGA Championship this week.