|(Golf) Liang lines up for another challenge
Defending champion Liang Wenchong (pictured) will have to defeat former Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke if he is to retain the Nanshan China Masters starting tomorrow in Shandong.
Liang won last year's tournament after playing the 18th with South Korea's Y.E. Yang five times.
This year's field at the US$1 million OneAsia event includes Schwartzel and Clarke, who won the US Masters and Open Championship respectively in 2011.
But Liang is looking forward to playing with the pair at Nanshan International Golf Club's Montgomerie course in the eastern province of Shandong.
“I'm definitely looking forward to playing with such great champions – especially if we get the chance to play together in the same flight,'' said Liang, who is ranked 155 in the world.
“In my experience of partnering big players like this, the key is their ability to regulate themselves and get it up-and-down even if they aren't familiar with the course. That is what I will try to do.''
Yang, who won the 2009 PGA Championships to become the first Major winner from Asia, will also be hoping to overcome the heartbreak of his sudden-death loss last year.
The 2012 Nanshan China Masters was a breakthrough event for many local players, with a record 19 mainlanders making the cut – more than any other international event held in the country, according to organizers.—AFP