Lin unmoved by windy conditions

Wed 12 Mar 2014

Lin unmoved by windy conditions


Manila, March 12: Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei is prepared to overcome the blustery conditions at The Country Club when he defends his title at the US$300,000 Solaire Open which starts on Thursday.

The six-time Asian Tour winner hit over 1,000 golf balls a day for a month to practice on his low ball trajectory which will be extremely useful under the windy conditions at the 7206-yard The Country Club course.

“I’m feeling a bit scared and happy because I’m defending my title. In the last month or so, I’ve been practising on hitting low ball flights. Every day I hit about a 1,000 golf balls so that’s why I think I have a bit of a chance this week,” said Lin.

“I didn’t expect it to be so windy here! It is very windy in my country so a young golfer wanted to learn how to hit low ball flights. I taught him how and now I will have to use it to my advantage,” he added.

Lin ended a four-year Asian Tour title drought at the 2013 Solaire Open and he will be aiming for a repeat against the elite field which includes Angelo Que of the Philippines, a three-time Asian Tour winner, Berry Henson of the United States, the 2011 Philippine Open champion and two-time Order of Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.

“There are a lot of top players this week so anybody can win. I’m a straight hitter so I prefer narrow courses. This golf course is quite wide open so it will be a challenge for me to compete against the long hitters,” said the 39-year-old Lin.

Angelo Que of the Philippines Angelo Que of the Philippines

A confident and determined Que will seek a fourth Asian Tour title, his first since 2010, at a venue where he has won three local titles. The bubbly Filipino is one of the hot favourites to lift the title this week and the trophy will be the perfect gift for his second child, who is due in May.

“I’ve been working with my coach for the past month and I really want this. Hopefully the golfing Gods will give it to me. I’ve worked hard for this week so hopefully everything will come my way,” said Que, who posted a career best 13th on the 2013 Order of Merit.

“I’m actually playing better compared to when I won on the Asian Tour. I’m more consistent now. The Asian Tour is getting stronger and the players are getting better. The old guys are still good and the young ones are hungry. All I need is a little bit more luck to win,” he said.

Henson, who will be targeting for a second Asian Tour victory in the Philippines, believes that the long hitters will have an extra advantage this week.

“The course is a bombers paradise so it fits my game. It will be very windy and the greens are tricky. Whoever bombs it the furthest and holes the most putts will win this week. I feel that I have a chance,” said Henson.

Young Filipino talent Miguel Tabuena expects another challenging week where he hopes to get his putter hot in an attempt to improve on his tied sixth placing at the Solaire Open last year.

“It won’t be an easy week because the top players from Asia are here. The course is very challenging as well so I will do my best. Hopefully my putts drop and that will give me a chance to be in contention,” said the 19-year-old Tabuena.

“You always have pressure when you are playing at home. You are expected to do well so I hope a Filipino will come out on top,” he added.


About Solaire Resorts and Casino

Berry Henson of USA Berry Henson of USA

Bloomberry Resorts Corporation (PSE: BLOOM) is a public company listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, develops destination resorts featuring premium accommodations, world-class restaurants, gaming and entertainment, and extensive  luxurious facilities.

Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on a 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxury destination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.

Solaire’s Phase 1 features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bay side villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning dining experience and signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website:

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