Zhang Maintains Perfect Record

Sun 17 Apr 2005

Zhang Maintains Perfect Record

Shenzhen, China, April 17: China’s Zhang Lian-wei once again proved to be the talisman for Asia at the Visa Dynasty Cup, winning his singles encounter against Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama on the final day to keep his unbeaten record in tact in the biennial event.

Zhang defeated Maruyama 3 & 2 in a clash of the titans singles match at Mission Hills Golf Club, which left the Chinese number one with the brilliant statistics of played six, won six.

Just as he did two years Zhang formed an unbeatable partnership with compatriot Liang Wen-chong in the Foursome and Fourball matches on the first two days and proved too strong in singles.

“I’m really happy to have won all my six matches in this competition. I just love matchplay events and I’m confident of teaming up with Liang Wen-chong. We are just a good partnership,” said Zhang, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour.

Zhang was all square with Maruyama with six to play and stormed to victory with a birdie on 13, and an eagle two on the par four 15th by holing his second shot. A par was enough to secure the match on 16.

His point was part of a memorable final day performance by the Asian team who dominated the singles to win the second Visa Dynasty Cup by 14 ½ points to 9 ½.

“This is also a great event for us to get together and play Japan and I’m really looking forward to playing again in 2007. I’m glad to repay the captain’s faith as I was a wildcard and I’m looking forward to two years time. This is a great event,” added the Chinese star.

Asia claimed six out of the 12 singles matches and halved four.

Takuya Taniguchi rues a missed putt.Said Zhang: “I’m very happy. This is the second time winning the Visa Dynasty Cup and it shows again that Asian Tour players are very good. Our team spirit and bonding is very strong and it is one of the main reasons why we have succeeded in this team event.”

Korea's Mo Joong-kyung, who stayed unbeaten with three drawn matches in his debut, said he was proud to be a part of a great side. "It feels good, I'm exhausted. This is too much work. I didn’t expect this to be so hard. If you play bad, you play bad for the whole team. Every point counts. I played as best that I could and made some good shots. I played 18 holes every day. Angelo Que (his partner in first two days) played great. He did everything he could to help the team. I'm very proud of Angelo. This is as much pressure I've felt in my career. This certainly ranks amongst the top-three of my career highlights," said the Korean.

India's Jyoti Randhawa was also delighted to be in the winning team again despite losing his singles showdown against Japanese star Shingo Katayama by one hole. "I played fantastic golf. I was five under and he was six under for the round and it was really good golf. I knew we had won the Cup on the 13th hole and that took the pressure off.

"I have always said that Asian players are strong and we showed them again. Perhaps now, we need to go to Japan and play in conditions which are favourable to them but this doesn’t' take anything away from what we have achieved with the two wins. Compared to 2003 this is fantastic. This event has grown by five times in two years," said the former Asian number one.