Liang wins, donates half of check to storm victims
Talk about actions speaking louder than words: To cap a tournament that was held just days after a massively destructive typhoon struck the Phillippines, Manila Masters winner Wen-chong Liang donated half of his $135,000 prize to relief efforts.
"Before coming over to the Philippines, I was really affected by what I saw of the damage and victims suffering from the aftermath of the typhoon on television," Liang said on AsianTour.com. "I've decided to donate 50 percent of my winnings to do my part and support the relief efforts."
The Chinese pro's sentiment was exactly the reason the tour cited for staging the tournament. The tour thought the best thing it could to to help, chief executive Mike Kerr had said, was to stage the tourney and help support aid efforts.
To earn the win, meanwhile, Liang had to fight through an injury and into a playoff at the Southwoods Golf and Country Club. Nursing pain in his wrist, the third-round leader endured a couple of front-nine miscues – including a double bogey at the ninth. But a birdie at the 18th, his fourth of the back nine, forced a playoff with Prom Meesawat of Thailand. Another birdie at 18 earned the win for Liang.
Richard T. Lee of Canada shot the day's low round, 64, to finish T-3 alongside Carlos Pigem of Spain.
– Asian Tour and Associated Press contributed.