"Liang, Wu quietly confident at World Cup"

Wed 20 Nov 2013

"Liang, Wu quietly confident at World Cup"

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Melbourne, VIC, November 20: With two wins in as many weeks, China’s Liang Wen-chong and Wu Ashun are quietly confident they can finally stamp their mark at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf which starts on Thursday.
Liang, China’s first Asian number one in 2007, claimed his third Asian Tour victory on Sunday at the Resorts World Manila Masters while Wu won his second career title on the Japan Tour two weeks ago.
“It’s a strong team for China. I think it’s the best team in China now. Our world ranking is the highest. I don’t know what we’ll shoot but it’s our best team. Hopefully, we can play well and compete well,” said Liang.
To help them prepare for their challenge at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, which is an iconic sandbelt course in Australia, the Chinese duo roped in the help of two-time club champion Mark Williamson to show them the intricacies of the course.
“We had the club champion walk with us in our practice round on Tuesday. He showed us some details on the golf course. Coming to Royal Melbourne, it’s very windy which is very different to Asian venues,” said Liang.
“The second shots will be very important as the greens are very tricky. The greens are hard and it’s difficult to stop the ball. You need to know where to land the ball and let it roll up to the flag.”
Despite the prestige of the World Cup, which list of champions include the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples, Davis Love, Gary Player, Peter Thomson and Tiger Woods, Liang said it was important to stay on an even keel when the opening round begins.
“I’m going to treat this as another normal tournament. I’ll just have to go out to play my own game. The format changed because of the Olympics. We’re happy to get into this tournament which would give us an idea on qualifying for the Olympics,” said Liang.
A prize purse of US$7 million will be on offer in the individual category while US$1 million is at stake for nations which has two players in the field this week.
Wu plans to enjoy his maiden appearance at the World Cup with Liang. “It’s my first World Cup and it’s nice to be here. I’ll try to keep my form going. This golf course is difficult for the second shot. The greens are very difficult but we will try our best,” he said.
Tickets to witness the ISPS HANDA World Cup are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.com.au.
About ISPS
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Visit www.ispsgolf.com
About Melbourne
Known as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it is Melbourne’s sophisticated, yet edgy style combined with super-friendly people that gives the city its personality. With an impressive calendar of high profile international events, including The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and The Australian Open Tennis Championships, Melbourne is a leader in staging major events and providing a world-class welcome to international visitors.
With inner-city precincts ranging from the infamous city centre laneways to the beachy, bayside chic of the south and eclectic northside cool – Melbourne is a city of constant discovery where fashion, food, sport and entertainment, shopping, heritage, the arts and good living all come together to creative a lifestyle envied by many around the world. Food and wine lovers in particular will be in food heaven in gourmet Melbourne. Eating experiences range from award-winning celebrity chef restaurants to farmers markets selling locally sourced wines and fresh produce.
As one of the most compact regions in Australia, Victoria offers a huge variety of landscapes and experiences within a few hours of Melbourne. Whether its deserts, alpine ski resorts, mighty rivers, great lakes, wildlife, or the unparalleled spectacle and beauty of the world renowned Great Ocean Road, Victoria is all about quality experiences.
Many of the state’s regional attractions, including valleys of vineyards and international surf beaches, are less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne. But with more time to spare, the entire state offers a variety of scenic routes ideal for self-drive and personalised tours.
About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – The European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organisation, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999, while the Canadian Tour and the Tour de las Americas joined the Federation as associate members in 2000 and 2007, respectively.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956.  IGA is governed by its seven-member Board of Directors.  Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman.  Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2013 return of the World Cup to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the world’s greatest golf venues.
About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,500 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging:  IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in China, Brazil, India and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Golf and IMG Tennis; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing.  More information is available at www.imgworld.com  Follow us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/ IMG_Worldwide and Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/IMG-Worldwide/
On-site media contacts:
Georgie Cox, World Cup, PR Manager, 0419334492, georgie@coxmarketing.com.au
Nicole O’Farrell, PGA of Australia, 0439 933490, nofarrell@pga.org.au
Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 0432 801 047, chrisreimer@pgatourhq.com
Paul Symes, European Tour, 0466 220 285, psymes@europeantour.com
Chuah Choo Chiang, Director, Communications, Asian Tour, +6012 217 2123, chuah@asiantour.com