Lin prepares to step back in time

Fri 29 Nov 2013

Lin prepares to step back in time

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November 29: Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang will be looking to hitch a ride back on the time machine and revive his glory days of 2008 when he returns to the Hong Kong Golf Club for the prestigious US$1.3 million Hong Kong Open next week.
2008 was undoubtedly as one of Lin’s best seasons since he turned professional in 1996.
It was the year where he won twice, including the Hong Kong Open, finished second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit before going on to break into the world’s top-50.
Like the crowds at the Hong Kong Golf Club who will remember the affable Lin for defeating former world number one Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in a thrilling play-off that year, the affable father of two also holds fond memories of his own on one of his biggest career wins.
“Winning the Hong Kong Open back in 2008 was the best result I had in my golf career. It was a turning point for me and it definitely holds a lot of good memories,” said the 39-year-old.
“I do feel some pressure going back to play in Hong Kong as people recognise me now. I’ll definitely try my best to win it again as it’s a very important tournament for me,” added Lin.
Lin will be banking on several ‘feel-good’ factors including his liking for the Hong Kong Golf Club and also the proud record that players from Chinese Taipei hold at the storied Hong Kong Open.
“I’m very familiar with that course (Hong Kong Golf Club) and I’ve always played well there. The course design is pretty similar to the ones in Chinese Taipei. It makes me feel like I’m playing at home,” said Lin.
“That is why a lot of Chinese Taipei players have played well on that course, including veterans like Lu Liang-huan, who won the very first Hong Kong Open,” added Lin.
Since winning his fourth Asian Tour title at the Hong Kong Open in 2008, Lin has gone on to notch another two titles on the region’s premier Tour including one in the Philippines this year.
He is hopeful of another grandstand finish but is careful not to aggravate his wrist again which had forced him to miss the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf last week.
“My wrist still hurts a little despite my rest and treatment. However, it’s getting better and hopefully the pain will not act up again,” said Lin.
The Hong Kong Open is Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event where its early beginning dates back to 1959. It is co-sanctioned by The European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Hong Kong Golf Association.
The Hong Kong Open is the third event of The 2014 Race to Dubai, and one of the last on the 2013 Asian Tour schedule.
More than 35 Asian Tour winners will feature in the Hong Kong showpiece which also include Asian Tour merit champions Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and India’s Jeev Milkha Singh.
Defending champion Miguel Angel Jiménez of Spain will defend the title he won in record-breaking fashion 12 months ago when he became the oldest winner in European Tour history at the age of 48 years and 318 days.
Other likely contenders at the Hong Kong Open include China’s Liang Wen-chong and teen prodigy Guan Tian-lang, local hopeful Max Ting, who is set to become the sixth youngest golfer to play on the Asian Tour, Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman and Australia’s Scott Hend who has already recorded the most number of wins with three victories on the region’s premier Tour this season.
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