Liang looks to future to stay current #UBSHKOpen

Tue 06 Dec 2016

Liang looks to future to stay current #UBSHKOpen

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Hong Kong, December 6: Chinese star Liang Wen-chong is ready to re-invent himself to ensure his career longevity as he prepares to challenge for the US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open which starts on Thursday.
Turning 40 in two years’ time, Liang, the only mainland Chinese golfer to win the coveted Asian Tour Order of Merit trophy in 2007, hopes to keep winning tournaments over the next decade.
He has already begun the transitional work, changing his self-taught golf swing with the aim of becoming more consistent in delivering shots that will keep him up on leaderboards.
“I’m changing my swing a bit, trying to take the club away from the body instead of more on the inside which is my current swing. I have to make a good plan for the next few years because I want to become better,” said Liang.
“I need to change because of age. First is the golf swing and then second is the body. You have to get more energy because I’m getting older now. I want to be like Thongchai Jaidee, he’s so tough, he's my idol. I want to see how to make my golfing life extend longer … need to find the secret.
“I always try to observe Thongchai and learn from him. He’s so into golf, that's why I think that he's so strong (even at his age of 47).”
With his plan in motion, Liang harbours dreams of lifting the UBS Hong Kong Open trophy, an event which he started his love-affair with during his amateur days. While he has numerous top-20 finishes at the fabled Hong Kong Golf Club, the 38-year-old’s favourite memory was when he sank a hole-in-one at the 2006 edition which earned him a one kilogram bar of gold sponsored by UBS.
“I remember seeing the ball get into the hole, that’s a good memory. It’s 10 golden years ago and it started a good run for me as in 2007, I won the Order of Merit and the Singapore Masters. That's very good stuff for me at that time,” said the three-time Asian Tour winner.
“I’ve played the Hong Kong Open for about 20 years, since I was an amateur. I’ve many good friends in Hong Kong, and also my wife is from Hong Kong and my kids have Hong Kong ID. So it’s like my second home.”
“I need to change because of age. First is the golf swing and then second is the body. You have to get more energy because I’m getting older now. I want to be like Thongchai Jaidee, he’s so tough, he's my idol. I want to see how to make my golfing life extend longer … need to find the secret." - Thongchai Jaidee

While he knows the nuances of the greens in Fanling, Liang said the course has often got the better of him. “Very challenging. Looks easy though,” he smiled.
As the second generation of professional golfers to emerge from mainland China where he followed in the footsteps of five-time Asian Tour winner Zhang Lian-wei, Liang was happy to see Team China finish joint second at the recent World Cup of Golf in Australia through Wu Ashun and Li Haotong.
“That's good for China golf because we want more champions on tour. I’ve seen Li growing as a little kid, turn pro, and taking it step by step. Now, he’s second in the World Cup,” added Liang.
Entry to the first two rounds of this year's tournament on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December will be free of charge. Those aged under 21 will be admitted free of charge for all four days of the tournament, as the organisers push to introduce the game to wider segments of the Hong Kong community in 2016.
Following the success of the inaugural event last year, the UBS Hong Kong Open Charity Cup will return on 14 December with local singer and artist, Alan Tam, as Official Ambassador. The HK$2.3 million was raised in 2015 for three local charities, making it the most successful fundraising initiative for the entire European Tour season.
About UBS Group AG
UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. The operational structure of the Group is comprised of our Corporate Center and five business divisions: Wealth Management, Wealth Management Americas, Personal & Corporate Banking, Asset Management and the Investment Bank. UBS's strategy builds on the strengths of all of its businesses and focuses its efforts on areas in which it excels, while seeking to capitalize on the compelling growth prospects in the businesses and regions in which it operates, in order to generate attractive and sustainable returns for its shareholders. All of its businesses are capital-efficient and benefit from a strong competitive position in their targeted markets.
UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in 54 countries, with about 34% of its employees working in the Americas, 35% in Switzerland, 18% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 13% in Asia Pacific. UBS Group AG employs approximately 60,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
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About Mega Events Fund
This year the “UBS Hong Kong Open” is sponsored by the Mega Events Fund of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Fund was set up in 2009 to support mega arts, cultural, sports and entertainment events to be staged in Hong Kong. With the approval from the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, the operation of the Fund has been extended for five years until the end of March 2017 with a view to attracting more internationally acclaimed mega events to Hong Kong and reinforcing Hong Kong’s position as the events capital of Asia.
About the Asian Tour
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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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