Sandwich, United Kingdom: Asian Tour honorary member Y.E Yang of Korea believes that there is enough quality from Asian players to serve notice of their talent following the end of the British Open on Sunday.
The Korean ace, who emerged as the leading Asian in tied-16th place after signing off with a two-over-par 72 for a four-day-total of five-over-par 285, believes that the good representation of Asian players at the year’s third Major this week bodes well for the future.
“Many Asian players don’t get many opportunities to play in weather conditions like this so it may be difficult for them to cope with the strong winds and rain like what happened this week,” said Yang, who is Asia’s first Major winner.
“But it’s good that we’re seeing more Asian faces this week. We may not win overnight but the experience will simply put us in good stead for the future,” added Yang.
Yang’s comments could not be directed better than at reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Noh Seung-yul who closed with a 73 to finish in a commendable tied-30th place. Noh has been tipped to lead the next wave of golfers from Asia and knows that he can only improve with time.
“I made several silly mistakes especially with my putting today and it was disappointing. However, I know it’s a very good learning curve for me this week,” said Noh, who was at one-under through 11 holes until he closed his a bogey-double bogey- bogey in his last three holes.
“Every week’s a good learning curve for me. Being able to play in the British Open for the second time this week has given me invaluable lessons on how to play links golf. It can only get better for me,” added the Korean.
Compatriot K.J Choi, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, scuppered his Major title bid after compiling rounds of 71, 72, 75 and 73 to end in equal 44th. Despite the disappointing week, the Asian Tour honorary member is relishing the prospect that more Asian players are beginning to make their breakthrough and can achieve success on the international stage one day.
“We’ve seen many Asian players coming through and I believe we can only get better if more of us play globally so that we get to experience playing in different conditions,” said Choi, who plied his trade on the Asian Tour during the 1990s before breaking through onto the world stage.
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