China's Ye Seeks More Improvement

Wed 27 Mar 2013

China's Ye Seeks More Improvement

Chiangmai, March 27: Ye Jian-feng is taking baby steps on the Asian Tour which he believes will provide him with the impetus to make giant strides and give him the chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Ye and Hu Mu lead the Chinese charge at the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT this week and are among a star studded cast which includes Major champions Ernie Els, Y.E. Yang and Michael Campbell.

“I’m happy to come here this week. I’m feeling good too. Hopefully, I can perform well this week. It’s good that I get to play with the star players this week. Although I know they will definitely do very well but I will still try my best,” said Ye.

Ye, who holds the distinction of being the youngest player at the age of 13 years and 20 days to play on the Asian Tour at the 2004 Sanya Open, wants gain exposure and experience to build his career on the Asian Tour.

He would also like to represent his country in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but will need to gain more world ranking points to boost his chances.

“It’s my first year back on the Asian Tour so I’m hoping to play as many tournaments as I can for this year to familiarize myself with this whole golfing environment in Asia. I think I’ve made some improvements lately which is good. I like the environment here and I look forward to playing tomorrow,” he said.

He will not be distracted by the immaculate Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai which is designed amid a mountainous backdrop.

“I practiced on the golf course already and everything seems good. I like to play on this course. It’s really beautiful out there. I guess you need to drive the well in order to play well on this course,” said Ye.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, who won at the Maybank Malaysian Open last week, in-form Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea will also feature in full field Asian Tour event.

The Asian Tour is celebrating its milestone 10th season this year.


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