Liang aims at Volvo China Open golf title

April 1st, 2008 - 8:33 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, April 1 (IANS) Chinese Liang Wen-chong playing on home soil is hopeful of lifting the Volvo China Open starting this month at Beijing CBD International Golf Club. “The Volvo China Open is our National Open, almost like the Olympics of golf in China,” said Liang.

“Every player dreams of winning their national Open and with China hosting the Olympics games this year, winning the title on home soil will be like winning the Olympic gold medal too,” he added.

Liang, China’s first Asian Tour No.1, will make a quick dash home for the Volvo China Open from April 17-20 after competing in the US Masters.

With the Volvo China Open being the first event on home soil this season, Liang is looking forward to performing in front of his fans.

“It’s always good to be back in China and it means a lot for me to do well in front of my fans. Hopefully, I can play some good golf and make the fans proud,” said Liang, who finished a creditable tied 12th in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the US PGA Tour Sunday.

Liang enjoyed the best season of his career in 2007 with one victory at the Singapore Masters and eight other top-10s to win the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit title.

“While my form has not been that great so far, I believe that I’m capable of showing my fans that I’m able to play golf of the highest standards,” said Liang, who had donated all his Singapore winnings towards the development of golf in China.

This year’s Volvo China Open will see a 10 per cent hike in prize money to $2.2 million. The championship will once again be sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and China Golf Association.

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