China's Hu Enjoys First Top-Five

Sun 31 Mar 2013

China's Hu Enjoys First Top-Five

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Chiangmai, March 31: China’s Hu Mu believes he can compete with the world’s best players after finishing ahead of Major winners Ernie Els and Y.E. Yang following a career first top-five outing on the Asian Tour at the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Hu made a brave final round charge with a solid four-under-par 68 to finish fourth for his best result since taking up membership on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013..
His four-day total of 15-under-par 273 was five shots behind champion Scott Hend of Australia but he took pride with the fact that he finished three and two shots ahead of South Africa’s Els and Korea’s Yang respectively in the US$750,000 full-field Asian Tour event.
“I think I can play with the best players, Kiradech (Aphibarnrat), Yang, Ernie and Prayad (Markssaeng) - they are all here this week. If I can play my best, I can compete with them,” said Hu, who will feature in the next Asian Tour event in the Philippines in two weeks’ time.
The talented Hu, touted as the next great Chinese hope, turned in 36 but a birdie on the 10th hole sparked a strong finish as the Chinese birdied 13, 14 and 17 to move up the leaderboard at the majestic Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai.
“I set my goal at 15-under to win the tournament. The scores were better than I thought. I did my best and I stuck to my game plan. Today was such as slow start. I was even through nine,” he said.
After missing his Asian Tour card from Qualifying School, Hu is determined to make full use of his limited playing opportunities on the Asian Tour. His strong showing in Chiangmai has moved him up to 25th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with earnings of US$39,187 from two starts.
“It’s a huge thing for me. I’m trying to get into the top-60 (to earn full playing rights for 2014). I failed to get my status at the Q-school and I got a few sponsors’ invites and have managed to make a splash which is great,” he smiled.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistic Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf
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