Han blog: Asia Rising

Mon 06 Jun 2016

Han blog: Asia Rising

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Jeunghun Wang, Soomin Lee and Li Haotong, remember their names.
Just like how Anirban Lahiri and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are now famous around the world, Wang, Lee and Li are stars in the making.
Four weeks, four consecutive victories around the world in April and May… How good is that for Asian golf?
Lee started the ball rolling when he won the Shenzhen International. In one of my old columns, I predicted huge things for Lee after his collapse at the Maybank Championship Malaysia in February.
That’s what separates a good player and a great player. They have the ability to bounce back from disappointing situations. Just look at the best players in the world, they’ve all endured heart breaks before going on to achieve great things.
Next we witnessed a new rising star from China’s Li Haotong who enjoyed a famous victory in his National Open. The lanky Chinese is now a contender to represent his country in the Olympics in August.
At the age of 20, Wang completed back-to-back victories with a come-from-behind one-shot triumph in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, a week after he had broken through in Morocco.
It was a nail-biting finale between the Korean and Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman but it was Wang who was the last man standing when he birdied the 18th hole to win the tournament tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour.
He also became the youngest player at 20 years and 263 days to win consecutive events on the European Tour. A proud record which bodes well for his fledging career.
The game in Asia is at a very healthy state and the success of this quartet proves that Asian players have the potential to be world-beaters, future Major champions and medal winners at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
There so much to look forward to in the second half of the year. The Asian Tour will return to the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei from June 30 to July 3.
The US$500,000 Asian Tour event has been a popular fixture on our Schedule but this year’s tournament will be extremely important as it will be the final Asian Tour event before the Olympic cut-off date on July 20.
It will be exciting to see our players jostle for a spot in the Olympic because it means so much for our guys to represent their country in arguably the biggest sporting event in the world.
With our members performing so well recently, we expect a strong Asian challenge at the Olympic which will bode well for the Asian Tour and golf in the region.
Things are looking up for the Asian Tour and we look forward to more success from our very talented members.
Japanese translation by Golf Digest Online Japan:
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