Zecheng “Marty” Dou didn’t come to Kansas expecting to make history in China or in the annals of PGA Tour golf. But after 36 brilliant holes on a picture-perfect Sunday, he did both.
After taking command with a 10-under par 61 in the third round, Dou ended the day with a steady 5-under 66 in the fourth round and claimed a 3-stroke victory in the Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.
Dou, who finished at 25-under 259 for four rounds, not only became the first Chinese player to win on the tour, he will also be the first to earn a PGA Tour card after securing a spot among the developmental tour’s top-25 money makers.
Quite an accomplishment for a 20-year old who only turned pro three years ago.
“It’s a big honor, representing China and getting to play with the best and learning from them and competing,” Dou said. “It feels amazing right now. I never thought I could win this year and then it just happened and I’ll just take it.”
Dou played on the PGA Tour China circuit for three years and was its player of the year…