No lingering Masters disappointment for Hanson
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
TIANJIN, China — Peter Hanson says he holds no lingering disappointment from finishing third at the Masters and is keen to tee off in the Volvo China Open this week.
Hanson was the overnight leader going into the final round of the Masters at Augusta National on April 8, but the Swede shot a 2-over 73 to finish tied for third.
"I am very proud of the performance," said Hanson, who has four top-5 finishes this season. "I have to say when I left the 18th green on Sunday, I was a little bit disappointed, but that left me pretty quick."
Englishman Ian Poulter, who finished seventh at the Masters, three shots behind Hanson, also is optimistic coming into the European Tour event at Binhai Lake Golf Club.
"I like coming out to Asia and have had some success in this part of the world," Poulter said. "I get a nice reception here and have a decent fan base, which is always nice. That's why I like coming out to play."
Also in the field are England's Paul Casey, the 2006 China Open winner who will look to continue his comeback from a shoulder injury; Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, who won last year at a tournament-record 24 under; and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who secured his first European Tour title at the Sicilian Open three weeks ago.
Tian-lang Guan will make history by becoming the youngest player to compete in a European Tour event, at 13 years, 173 days.
"I really couldn't be happier, I'm so excited right now," Guan said. "My goal now is to be the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour event, and I think if I can shoot level par or better, I'll have a good chance to do that."