A different kind of lesson for China's Hu

Fri 21 Jun 2013

A different kind of lesson for China's Hu

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, June 21: China’s Hu Mu continued his steep learning curve on the Asian Tour when he was forced to withdraw from the second round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Friday.
The 23-year-old, who shot an opening 76 on Thursday, had expected to obtain his visa on arrival in Malaysia but the regulations changed recently without his knowledge.  Hu was subsequently given only a transit visa which expired on Friday.
In a limbo, he contemplated flying to neighbouring Singapore on Wednesday in hope of getting a longer visa upon his return back into Malaysia.
An attempt to obtain an extension of his visa proved futile which subsequently forced Hu to withdraw from the RM1.2 million (approximately US$400,000) Asian Tour tournament, which is the 13th leg of the 2013 season.
“I didn’t realise that the visa on arrival was no longer available for Chinese nationals when I flew in Malaysia. I was given only a transit visa when I arrived on Monday and had to leave the country by Friday, 2pm,” said Hu, who is currently ranked 32nd on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
He was disappointed with the turn of events as he was looking forward to testing his game against the region’s stars at Seri Selangor Golf Club after spending several weeks in Orlando with renowned swing guru David Leadbetter.
“We worked on several things to try to get the swing and game better,” he said.