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CONFIDENT LIANG TARGETS VICTORY AT UBS HONG KONG OPEN
Hong Kong, November 16: Chinese ace Liang Wen-chong believes this could be the week for him to finally taste victory at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
Liang has good vibes about his chances in the US$2.5 million showpiece sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour despite the prestigious championship attracting another stellar cast which includes Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, title holder Gregory Bourdy, Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez, a two-time winner of the UBS Hong Kong Open.
“I have a chance to win this week,” said a confident Liang, who was given a traditional lion dance welcome along with his fellow stars at the UBS headquarters this afternoon.
“I know the golf course well and I’ve got my family and coach (Kel Llewellyn) here with me and they will give me good support. I feel at home in Hong Kong,” added the 2008 Asian Tour number one.
Last year, Liang held the joint halfway lead at the venerable Hong Kong Golf Club before finishing tied 11th. He believes the lessons learnt can be put to good use in his quest for a third career title.
The 32-year-old arrived in the UBS Hong Kong Open in solid form after tying for 10th place in Singapore on Monday. “My game is feeling good. The golf course is not long and you need to have a good short game which is the key,” said Liang.
“Last year, my heart wasn’t strong enough during the weekend rounds. When I stood over putts, I was in two minds and started to worry about missing putts. My focus wasn’t good enough then and I’ve learnt from it.”
Currently ranked 63rd in the world, Liang knows another impressive week will push him closer towards his goal of ending the year in the top-50, which will reward him with starts in the most of the Majors and World Golf Championships events next season.
“I’m aiming for it,” he said. “It would be nice to break into the top-50. I’ve got a few more events to try and do it. I played well in Singapore and the result was good.”
Liang praised organisers of the UBS Hong Kong Open, which prize money has doubled from the time when UBS first took up the title sponsorship in 2005.
“We’ve got a lot of big name players this week and it’s a lot of fun for players like me to compete. Their presence will further raise the stature of the UBS Hong Kong Open for sure. It’s a world-class event,” said Liang.
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