RWMM Rewind: A random act of kindness

Tue 18 Nov 2014

RWMM Rewind: A random act of kindness

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Manila, November 18: The Asian Tour returns for the second edition of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com, the richest golf tournament in the Philippines, this week. Asiantour.com looks back at last year’s inaugural edition which was won by Chinese star Liang Wen-chong.
 Liang Wen-chong showed he was a true champion with a heart of gold.
Moments after lifting his third Asian Tour title by ending a five-year drought at the inaugural Resorts World Manila Masters in 2013, the Chinese number one pledged to donate half of his winner’s cheque towards the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
There was no hesitation on Liang’s part to do his bit following the country’s worst natural disaster which hit the Philippines a week before the Resorts World Manila Masters.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
While his long-awaited triumph, courtesy of a play-off defeat of Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, was worth celebrating, Liang’s random act of kindness earned him a greater measure of respect from his peers and officials.
“Before coming to the Philippines, I was affected by what I saw of the damage and victims suffering from the aftermath of the typhoon on television. I’ve decided to donate 50% of my winnings to do my part and support the relief efforts,” said Liang, who earned a winner’s cheque of US$135,000.
Liang, the first Chinese to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2007, enjoyed a remarkable run and needed to produce a truly gritty comeback to edge Prom in the first play-off hole at the majestic Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
He battled through a wrist injury and an error strewn front nine to force extra time, coming back from four shots behind at one stage with birdies on 11, 13, 15 and 18 to tie Prom, who had set the clubhouse mark of 16-under-par 272 following a stunning 65.
“I’m really thankful for all the great support. I had Ali on my bag (Malaysia’s Danny Chia’s regular caddie) and he did a great job. The Asian Tour physiotherapist, Muk also did an excellent job in taping my wrist which really helped. I guess it’s the combination of all these factors which led me to my win,” said Liang, who birdied the first play-off hole after Prom found trouble with his second shot.
Prom took the defeat in his stride as he was left to rue another missed opportunity for a long-awaited second Asian Tour win despite a gutsy final day performance where he shot a bogey free round.
“This week has been good. I played very good. I controlled my driver very well. I was lucky to chip in on holes five and seven,” said the burly Thai.
Canadian rookie Richard T. Lee enjoyed another solid result in the Philippines after posting the final day’s best of 64 to share third place with fellow Asian Tour rookie Carlos Pigem of Spain on 273.
Prior to the event, the Asian Tour along with its partners, Resorts World Manila and Manila Southwoods pledged to support the Philippine Red Cross in efforts to provide aid and assistance to alleviate the human suffering after Typhoon Haiyan passed through the central and southern Philippines.
“The people in this country are resilient and they have shown countless times that they are able to bounce back stronger. Through this tournament, we want to show that the Filipinos are survivors and we’ll get back on our feet quickly,” said Stephen Reilly, Chief Operating Officer, Resorts World Manila.