Rookie Hung has high hopes

Tue 10 Sep 2013

Rookie Hung has high hopes

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Taipei, September 10: Little known Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei hopes to ride on his rich vein of form when he starts his campaign at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Thursday.
The Asian Tour rookie, who earned his card at Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year, won two local events in August and is eager to continue his winning form at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
The talented 21-year-old has two top-10s on the Asian Tour this season and knows it will be a challenging week as a stellar field will assemble at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Title holder Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, former Yeangder TPC champions, Thaworn Wiratchant, who is also the reigning Order of Merit winner, Lu Wei-chih, who returns after a one year hiatus to recover from a brain tumour surgery and six-time Asian Tour winner Lin Wen-tang will feature in the event.
“I won two local events (August) so I’m looking forward to the week. There are many good Asian Tour players this week but I want to try and do my best,” said Hung, who is sponsored by the Yeangder Group.
“Playing on the Asian Tour is pretty new to me because I see many different players here. The players here are really good and it is very competitive to play on. I think it is a good experience for me,” he added.
Currently ranked 61st on the Order of Merit, Hung will need a good result this week to give him a fighting chance of retaining his Asian Tour card for the 2014 season. He will draw motivation from last year’s tied fourth finish at the Yeangder TPC.
“I need more experience but it would be great if I can keep my Asian Tour card so I can pick the tournaments that I want to play. That would be great for me and that’s my goal. I don’t want to give myself too much pressure. I want to do my best and enjoy the week. Hopefully everything falls into place for me,” said Hung.
Lu, a three-time Asian Tour winner, believes the young Chinese Taipei players such as Hung will benefit from the experience of playing in Asian Tour events such as the Yeangder TPC.
“It’s important that we have such big golf tournaments in Chinese Taipei because it’s beneficial to the younger players. It gives them exposure and opportunities playing with the region’s elite golfers,” said Lu.
“I think the younger players need to gain more of such experience before they proceed to play outside of the country. These tournaments also give them a platform to showcase their talent and take golf in Chinese Taipei up another level,” he added.
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