China’s Liu credits AT-ADT for career rise

Thu 27 Apr 2017

China’s Liu credits AT-ADT for career rise

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Sentosa, Singapore, April 26: China’s upcoming talent Liu Yan-wei has credited the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour (ADT) for his morale-boosting tied 11th finish at last week’s Shenzhen International on home soil.
The 19-year-old Liu has shown good progress in his blossoming career, securing a first ever top-10 on the Asian Tour in Bangladesh in February and following up with two consecutive top-three finishes on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
Liu Yan-wei of China Liu Yan-wei of China
After missing his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in January, Liu is determined to work his way up the golfing order. He is currently ninth on the ADT Order of Merit and 87th on the Asian Tour money list.
“I have been playing a lot of tournaments on the Asian Tour and ADT. I guess that has helped with my confidence. It’s a good training ground. The more I play, the less nervous I feel when I’m out there competing. I feel more comfortable and I am able to control my emotions better on the golf course now,” Liu said.
The talented Chinese, who turned professional two years ago, hailed the recently-announced strategic partnership between the Asian Tour and China Golf Association. He said the tie-up would provide greater opportunities for budding golfers like himself to play their way onto the world stage.
“I think this is good news for all of us. I heard a few players talking about this and we all thought it’s great the Asian Tour is now back in China. It will also help me secure my Asian Tour card for next year.
“My game has been improving every year. There is an increase in local tournaments this year and I think that will help my game. It’s good to keep playing tournaments. I’ve gained a lot of experience and it puts my game in good shape.
“I want to focus on my tournaments in Asia. I will take it one step at a time and see if I can lift my career to greater heights,” said Liu, who hails from Beijing.
Liu qualified for the Shenzhen International, which is an European Tour event, through his local rankings and a closing two-under-par 70 saw him finish just four shots behind winner Bernd Wiesberger of Austria at the Genzon Golf Club. He earned his career’s biggest cheque yet of €45,188 (approximately US$49,419).
“I was very pleased with the way I played. I had a good strategy. My short irons and putting were good. The local support was a great motivation for me too. I wasn’t even thinking about the result at the start of the week. I just wanted to play shot by shot,” said Liu.
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