#MyOlympicDream - Liang Wen-chong

Fri 10 Jun 2016

#MyOlympicDream - Liang Wen-chong

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June 10: In this latest edition of #RoadToRio, Chinese ace Liang Wen-chong shares with us his thoughts on qualifying for the Olympics and his favourite Olympic moment growing up.
The 2007 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion is currently the second highest-ranked Chinese behind Haotong Li (131st) on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). He sits in 197th position while compatriot Wu Ashun trails closely in 222nd. Liang needs to maintain his ranking till the qualifying cut-off on July 11 in order to qualify for Rio de Janiero this August.
What does it mean to you to try to win a medal and represent your country at the world’s greatest sporting spectacle?
It is every athlete’s dream to play in the Olympics and I am no exception. It means a great deal to me to qualify as golf is returning to the Olympics after a lapse of 112 years. I am currently in the midst of preparations and sharpening my game so hopefully I can do my country proud.
Compared to your other milestones/achievements in your career, where does competing in the Olympic rank for you?
I think playing in the Olympics and playing in other professional golf events are different. It’s a different concept altogether. Olympics can showcase the country’s sports and spirit on the world stage. To me, it has a greater significance.
Does winning an Olympic medal surpass the joy and expectations of winning on the Asian Tour or any other Major Tours in the world?
It’s a very different experience and feeling altogether. Playing well in the Olympics will boost my career achievements but winning on the Asian Tour, European Tour or the Japan are testaments to my consistent hard work. I would be happy if I can achieve either one.
Are you planning to spend some time off and watch other sports while you are in Rio for the Olympics?
I will definitely go and check out other sports if I have the chance. But because I am travelling with the other sportsmen from China, I will have to stick to the group’s schedule and arrangements.
Growing up, what are your thoughts on the Olympics, what was your favourite sport that you would follow and who is your favourite athletic?
Being one of China’s first generation of professional golfers, my first reaction when I heard that golf is returning to the Olympics was that we must at least have someone to represent the country. Now that we have ensured our participation in the Games, we have to work hard and achieve the results we want. Because I am always travelling for tournaments, I hardly have time to watch the other Olympic sports. However, I will try to look out this August in Rio.
If you can compete in another Olympic sport, which one would it be?
I have not thought about this before. I started playing golf by chance too. But I believe no matter what sports you do, you will get your rewards as long as you put in effort. If I were to choose, I would probably take up badminton or table-tennis. I think these kind of sports which requires flexibility suit me better.
What’s your most memorable Olympic memory?
There are two moments which I remember most from the past Olympics. One is when former International Olympic Committee president Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch flaps gold medalist China's Deng Yaping's cheek during the awarding ceremony at 26th Olympic Games in 1996.
The other moment is when boxing legend Muhammad Ali lit up the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony in 1996. I would like to express my condolences on his recent passing. His sportsmanship and spirit deserve to be respected and remembered.
About LIANG
Country: China
Date Of Birth: August 2, 1978
Residence: Zhongshan, China
Family: Married, 2 child
Turned Pro: 1999
ASIAN TOUR VICTORIES: (3) 2007 Singapore Masters, 2008 Hero Honda Indian Open, 2013 Resorts World Manila Masters.
PRO WINS: (12) 1999 Kunming Classic, China; 1999 Dalian Classic, China; 1999 Beijing Classic, China; 1999 Shenzhen Classic, China; 2001 Davidoff Nations Cup (with Zhang Lian-wei), 2005 Kunming leg, China Tour, 2006 Hainan leg, Omega China Tour, 2006 Omega Championship, China; 2009 Midea China Classic, 2010 Luxehills Chengdu Open, China, 2010 Thailand Open; 2015 JGT Championship Mori Building Cup, Japan.
OTHER WINS: (3) 1996, 1997 & 1998 China Amateur Open.