Defending champion Wu Ashun, the world’s highest-ranked Chinese golfer, will head the wealth of Chinese talent at the Volvo China Open in April.
The 22nd edition of the event is set to take place at Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing from April 28 to May 1, when Wu will attempt to become the first player to win back-to-back titles in the event.
In 2015, the 30 year old held off David Howell to win by one shot at Tomson Pudong Shanghai Golf Club, becoming the first Chinese champion on the European Tour since Liang Wenchong in 2007. He later won the European Tour Hilton Golfer of the Month award, and the triumph provided a significant driving force in the development of golf in China.
“This will be my ninth consecutive year competing in the national open championship of China,” said Wu, who will be joined by exciting home players such as Li Haotong and Guan Tian Lang. “The obvious difference is that I’m the defending champion, and it is a terrific honour for any professional golfer to enter a tournament this way, especially as the Volvo China Open is our oldest professional golf tournament and one which provides a great platform for Chinese golfers to compete in a world-class field.“Winning their national title is what every golfer wants to do and it has given me more self-confidence as well as opening the door to more opportunities participating in other European Tour events.