Matsuyama flies Asian flag #HSBCChampions

Fri 28 Oct 2016

Matsuyama flies Asian flag #HSBCChampions

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Shanghai, October 28: Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama put Asia at the forefront of the World Golf Championship after firing a seven-under-par 65 to snatch the second round lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Friday.
The 24-year-old has never enjoyed a good outing at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
But all that seemed to change after he followed up his opening 66 with a 65 to sit comfortably atop the leaderboard with his two-day total of 13-under-par 131.
“I haven't really played well here before. So before coming here, I was a little bit nervous again, thinking, well, maybe it's not going to be a good week for me.
“But then I decided, oh, wait a minute, let's just have fun this week. That made the difference,” said the Japanese.
Matsuyama opened with a bogey-five on the par-four first. But he recovered quickly with two successive birdies from the second hole before adding another pair on holes seven and eight.
The Japanese, who broke into the top-10 on the Official World Golf Ranking this week, then went on a birdie blitz in his back-nine with five birdies for an inward-31.
“During the warm up this morning, it was starting to get windy and I thought maybe just a couple under par would be a good score. So I'm really happy with how it ended up today,” said Matsuyama.
China’s Zhang Xin-jun brought out the local cheers as he moved into a share of seventh place following a 69.
Zhang, who is aiming to become the first Chinese to win the WGC-HSBC Champions on home soil, credited the presence of his family members, both inside and outside of the ropes for a promising charge after 36 holes.
“It’s really good to see my family members out on the golf course supporting me this week. My brother’s also carrying my bag and that helps. He knows my playing style and we work well together as a team,” said Zhang.
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee could not improve on his opening day’s efforts as he struggled to a 73 under windy and cold conditions to end the day tied for 28th.
“It was freezing out there and the conditions were just tough. It was difficult to get the ball close to the hole today,” said Thongchai.
The Thai however refused to dismiss his chances at the year’s final World Golf Championship and is ready to put up a fight befitting of his status as a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion.
“You never know as anything can happen in golf. I’ll try my best and maybe miracles can happen,” said Thongchai.
For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit www.HSBCgolf.com/mens or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions
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HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.
HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC's key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  The $9.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, that Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.”  HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.
However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots - The Golf Foundation's national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.
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In 2017, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be the first of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours on the PGA TOUR schedule. The other World Golf Championships include the Mexico Championship (Mexico City), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the Dell Match Play (Austin, Texas).
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