China's Hu has high hopes

Wed 11 Sep 2013

China's Hu has high hopes

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Taipei, September 11: Hu Mu of China is targeting a top-10 finish at this week’s Yeangder Tournament Players Championship which will boost his chances of securing an Asian Tour card for next year.
Hu will represent his country at this week’s US$500,000 Asian Tour event alongside Chinese veteran and five-time Asian Tour winner Zhang Lian-wei at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
The 23-year-old Hu, who is ranked 35th on the Order of Merit, is prepared for the second half of the season after polishing his game at the David Leadbetter Academy during the Asian Tour break. He will need to remain inside the top-60 of the Order of Merit at the end of the season to earn an Asian Tour card for 2014.
“I went back to the States during the break and practised with my coach. I also worked on my fitness with him. I managed to fine-tune my swing and remove all unnecessary movement,” said Hu.
“It’s great to be come back to play on the Asian Tour. It’s my very first time in Chinese Taipei and I’m looking forward to playing on this course. I’m happy with my current form but I don’t know how it will reflect on my results. I’ll have to see when I’m out there. If I do well in the first two rounds then I’m targeting a top-10 finish this week.”
Hu missed out on an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year but has enjoyed steady progress in his game despite playing in limited Asian Tour events.
His best result so far this season is a fourth place finish at the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT in March.
“I’m feeling confident with my game right now but I guess I still have to adjust it slightly when I’m out at the course. I hope to finish in top-30 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season,” said Hu.
Title holder Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, local ace Lin Wen-tang, a six-time Asian Tour winner and Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea, ranked sixth on the Order of Merit will headline the Yeangder TPC.
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About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Ganganjeet Bhullar (2013).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on the Asian Tour for a further three years until 2015.
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), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), 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