China's Hu aims for more relaxed approach

Wed 15 Jan 2014

China's Hu aims for more relaxed approach

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 15: Hu Mu of China insists he is not feeling any pressure ahead of the US$1 million King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin even though he needs a solid finish to earn his Asian Tour card for the new season.
Ranked 64th on the Order of Merit with earnings of US$61,162, the talented Chinese will have to finish inside the top-60 on the final Order of Merit to earn playing rights on the new 2014 Asian Tour season.
Despite the challenging situation, Hu remains calm and confident as he aims to break into the safety zone where slightly more than US$10,000 separates him from 60th position Adam Groom of Australia.
“Towards the end of the year, I was on the bubble on the money list and I was trying to get too focus and not really playing golf. Your body gets too tensed up so I’m trying not to do that this week. To be honest I don’t have much pressure this week,” said Hu.
As a fall-back plan, the 24-year-old has already submitted an application form for the Qualifying School, which has attracted more than 700 entries.
“I’ve already submitted my application for Qualifying School so I’m trying to stay relax this week. I do not want to try and get too focus but try to enjoy the week,” explained the Chinese ahead of the season-ending Asian Tour event.
Hu enjoyed a strong start early in the 2013 Asian Tour season where he finished fourth at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT before losing his momentum.
“I played well in 2013. I felt that getting some early starts on the Asian Tour were crucial especially in Chiangmai. Getting a top-five there helped me with the re-ranking and got me into more Asian Tour events.
I talked to my coach in the United States about last year and now I feel like it is a fresh start again for me. We are trying to figure out my problems on how like I was slacking off at the end of the year. We also talked about getting my swing more efficient,” said Hu.
Among other players outside the top-60 on the Order of Merit include Jaakko Makitalo of Finland, Asian Tour winner Darren Beck of Australia, Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand and Lam Chih Bing of Singapore.
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