China's Wu enjoys return to Malaysia

Fri 22 Mar 2013

China's Wu enjoys return to Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, March 22: Wu Ashun of China enjoyed a return to the US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open since 2010 with an opening round of five-under-par 67 on Friday.

Wu, who is playing on a sponsor’s invitation, returned this morning to complete six holes where he bogeyed 14 and marked his card with birdies on 16 and 18 to trail the leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand by two shots.

Kiradech finished day one on Thursday on 65 before play was suspended and is trailed by playing partner Anders Hansen of Denmark, who birdied his last three holes, Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari of Italy, Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and Scott Jamieson of Scotland by one-shot.

Wu settled for tied sixth alongside Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, the 2011 Masters Tournament winner, who chipped in for birdie on the last, Malaysian veteran S. Murthy and Victor Dubuisson of France.

Wu finished tied 19th in his last appearance at the Maybank Malaysian Open and is determined to better his performance.

He is also enjoying a purple patch as he qualified for his first Major tournament at the Open Championship via the International Final

Qualifying – Asia in Thailand earlier this month.


“It’s great that I had the opportunity to play in this co-sanctioned event this week. It’s going to be very competitive because we’ve got all the top players from Asian Tour and European Tour in the field,” said Wu.

“I like this golf course a lot. I’ve played here before a couple of years back. I think it’s important to play with a strategy in mind this week and choosing of the right clubs to use will matter as well. I’ve been in a good form lately and I hope to maintain that.

Liang Wen-chong, the first Chinese player to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2007, believes he needs to stay patient if he wants to mount a title challenge in the event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

“I think it is important to drive the ball properly because the fairways are quite narrow. It takes a lot of patience to play here too because of the hot weather. Playing in a co-sanctioned event would mean playing in an event that is more challenging because the field is stronger.

“I think I’ve been in a pretty good form lately but of course, that depends on the environment you are in. Playing in different places can affect your form. I’ll try to stay focused and play well,” said Liang, who was in contention at the Avantha Masters before finishing third.