Lapses leave Liang pondering at PGA

Wen-Chong Liang watches his shot on the second tee during the final round at the CA Championship.

Wen-Chong Liang watches his shot on the second tee during the final round at the CA Championship.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (USA) - Liang Wen-chong was left to ponder what might have been after claiming a tie for eighth place at the U.S. PGA Championship.

Despite posting his first top-10 in a major championship, China’s No. 1 was left to rue some lapses at the end of the front nine at Whistling Straits.

Liang dropped shots at both the par-3 seventh and par-4 ninth to go from even-par to two-over. Although he came back in 1-under for a 73, the damage had been done.

Nevertheless, the 32-year-old will take many positives from his performance that culminated in him finishing as the leading Asian.

It will also enable him to rise from 78th in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and close in on a place in the elite top-50 that would secure him a starting spot at next year’s Masters tournament.

It was also a memorable week for Noh Seung-yul. The Korean teenager underlined his status as one of the game’s rising stars by finishing in a share of 28th place at 286.

That was two shots ahead of his compatriot and mentor Choi Kyung-ju, who tied for 37th on 288 after a closing 74.

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