Chang-won Han to make OneAsia debut
Finally, it's time.
The long-awaited professional debut of teen sensation Han Chang-won of Korea is slated for this week at the Indonesia PGA Championship in Jakarta.
Chang-won was outstanding at the OneAsia Q-School in January, clearing the field by six strokes to gain full status on the OneAsia Tour. The season will feature 13 tournaments, with minimum purse of $1 million each.
Chang-won will face stiff competition, with China's Liang Wenchong and Koreans Bae Sang-moon and Kim Dae-hyun and Kim Felton of Australia.
Chang-won told OneAsia.com that he isn't putting himself under immediate pressure.
"I have no great expectations for my first tournament,” the 19-year-old said. “But hopefully I will start out with a good result and keep going on smoothly (for the rest of the season).”
He did say that his Q-School showing was a sign of things to come.
"OneAsia is getting bigger and stronger, and there are many opportunities for me to grow. Now I can look forward to playing with the many great and famous professionals who have been playing on OneAsia. This is a dream for me,” he told OneAsia.com.
“I’m planning to participate in all events on OneAsia this year. The goal for this year is to make the cut in all events with steady results, and hopefully I can achieve several top-10 finishes.”
Chang-won, the 2009 winner of the Asian Amateur Championship, played in the 2010 Masters, missing the cut after rounds of 79 and 76.
He hopes to build on that experience by playing with Asian stalwarts Liang and Thai standouts Thaworn Wiratchant and Prayad Marksaeng.
"I have heard that Liang is very diligent and hardworking," he told OneAsia.com. "This is something I wish to learn from him and it would be an honour to be matched up with China's best player at one of OneAsia's tournaments."