Lin in visa race to tee up at World Cup of Golf

Fri 15 Nov 2013

Lin in visa race to tee up at World Cup of Golf

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Kuala Lumpur, November 15: Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang is caught in a race against time to obtain his Australian visa and compete in next week’s ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
The six-time Asian Tour winner earned a last-minute spot in the prestigious US$8 million event following the withdrawal of Jamie Donaldson of Wales. Currently playing in the inaugural Resorts World Manila Masters in the Philippines, Lin is now rushing to get the paperwork done to feature in the 60-man showpiece from November 21-24.
“I only got the confirmation yesterday and I’m still waiting to get my visa approved!,” said Lin in Manila.
“I hope it can be approved in time for next week. I’ve played in the World Cup four times previously, the last time being in 2010. This last minute confirmation has kind of messed up my schedule and I am worried my visa cannot be approved in time. But aside from that, I am really looking forward to playing in Melbourne in such a prestigious event.”
The 39-year-old has now firmly established himself as Chinese Taipei’s most successful golfer with his multiple victories on the region’s premier Tour. Earlier this year, he won the Solaire Open in the Philippines and is currently ranked 45th on the Order of Merit.
A trip to Australia will serve as a huge motivation for Lin as one of the most memorable golfing moments in Asian golf was when Chinese Taipei won the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in 1972 through “Mr” Lu Liang-huan and Hsieh Min-nan, two of Asia’s golf legends.
“Their win has definitely served as an inspiration for me. I hope to emulate their success and do my country proud next week,” said Lin.
“Being able to play in the World Cup is a goal for all golfers. I am really honoured to get a chance to play again. I think it has been a good 20 years since I last went to Melbourne. Overall, my game is good right now. I’m happy with how I am playing. I just want to play my best next week. I don’t want to put pressure on myself by setting a high target. I will just do my best and we will see how it goes.”
As the lone competitor from Chinese Taipei, Lin will be eligible to compete only in the individual category which is offering US$7 million in prize money. For nations with two qualified players, they will also compete in the team category which is offering US$1 million in prize money. The accumulated scores of both players per country will count for the team scores.
Other Asian players who have qualified for the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf through the Official World Golf Ranking are Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar, China’s Wu Ashun and Liang Wen-chong, Korea’s K.J. Choi and Bae Sang-moon, Filipinos Angelo Que and Antonio Lascuna, Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa and Hideto Tanihara and Bangladeshi Siddikur.
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
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