Liang seeks season’s third victory at China Classic

Liang Wen-chong plays his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Nov. 12, 2009.

SHUNDE, China – Liang Wen-chong, already with three career OneAsia victories, bids to defend his title at the US$1 million Midea China Classic, which begins Thursday.

Earlier this year, Liang collected wins at the Luxehills Chengdu Open and Thailand Open. The 32-year-old had charged to the top of OneAsia’s Order of Merit with earnings of US$493,200 before Y.E. Yang toppled him after his victory in the Kolon Korea Open last week.

Liang is optimistic about duplicating last year’s feat at Royal Orchid International Golf Club, where he clinched the China Classic title by defeating his mentor Zhang Lian-wei by four shots.

“It’s a good course at Royal Orchid,” Liang said. “The course is not so long, but you have to be accurate with your drives. I am comfortable on the greens as I can read the grain. I have a good feeling coming back.”

Liang is enjoying iconic status in his homeland.

“It is always good to play, and win, in China,” he said. “I get great backing from the spectators there. A lot more people are watching and playing golf than before. Things are (going) good in China.”

Liang made his debut on the world stage with an eighth-place finish in the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, where he shot a course record 8-under 64 in the third round.

“I always learn a lot from playing in the big events, but the U.S. PGA Championship gave me even greater experience,” he said. “It was a great week playing with so many world-class players, and it gave me more confidence in my game.”

The Midea China Classic is the eighth of 10 OneAsia events in the circuit’s second season.

OneAsia contributed to this report.

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification