Wang aims for more golf history in Ireland

Wed 18 May 2016

Wang aims for more golf history in Ireland

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May 18: Asian Tour rising star Jeunghun Wang will take another crack at golfing history when he bids to become only the third player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open which starts on Thursday.
The 20-year-old won the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco and AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open over the past fortnight, becoming the youngest player to secure back-to-back triumphs in European golf history.
With a strong line-up of stars in Ireland this week which includes host Rory McIlroy and newly crowned Masters Tournament winner Danny Willett, Wang, who is currently second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, is hoping he can maintain his dream form.
“I still cannot believe it. I was so nervous. I still am dreaming. I feel like I'm dreaming right now,” said Wang.
“I didn't even think about winning last week but I got lucky on 16 and 17, so I got a win. I won back-to-back, two in a row, so it's really good for me and it's a really great two weeks.
Actually, Sunday was my father's birthday, so it's a double, extra bonus. I think I give him a big present.”
Only the late Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo have won three successive European Tour events in the history of the game and while the odds are stacked against Wang, the Korean youngster will be eager to give it his best shot.
“No, I didn't know that but I saw it on the European Tour website. It's really like so proud for me,” he said.
Making his first ever visit to Ireland, Wang feels right at home with the cold weather and he also had the opportunity to meet Willett, who secured a memorable Major victory last month.
“I didn't know it's cold weather here, but it's really cold! I feel like I'm in Korea right now, so it's perfect,” he said.
Wang doesn’t think he’s a superstar despite his two-week romp which has seen him rise to 70th on the world ranking after starting the year in 169th position.
“I saw the news in Internet, so I'm happy about it. I'm not sure yet (about superstardom) but I hope so.”
Asian golfers have also won the last four European Tour tournaments with Korea's Soomin Lee and China's Li Hao-tong being victorious in China.
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