Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Ashun Wu  (Getty Images)
Ashun Wu (Getty Images)

Home favourite Ashun Wu will be looking to cement his place as China's most successful European Tour player when he makes his debut at the Shenzhen International this week.

The 31 year old burst onto the scene in 2015 with his victory at the Volvo China Open and became the first Chinese player to win multiple European Tour events when he claimed the Lyoness Open powered by Sporthilfe Cashback Card last season.

Li Haotong won the Volvo China Open in 2016 and when he and Wu finished in a tie for second at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, it was made abundantly clear that China was on the way up.

Now Wu is looking for a second title in his homeland and is in confident mood after playing Genzon Golf Club.

It is a great tournament, the golf course is very good and it’s so exciting to play here - Ashun Wu

"I’m very happy to come back and play here, I like this golf course and practised yesterday in perfect conditions, so I like it a lot," he said.

"It is a great tournament, the golf course is very good and it’s so exciting to play here because it was almost three years ago since last time and I like the golf course a lot. I’m looking forward to playing this week.

"It is hot this week, so my plan was to not play last week in Morocco to get ready for Shenzhen and get everything done, get a good feeling for the course and my game."

While Wu and Li may represent the new generation of Asian golfers on the European Tour, Thongchai Jaidee has seen it all before.

The Thai is an eight-time European Tour winner and has won in each of his last three seasons in Sweden, Germany and France.

He knows a thing or two about winning in Asia, though, with four of his victories coming on his home continent, and is excited to tee it up in China.

"I have been here many times and I know that China is growing golf," he said. "There are a lot of tournaments in Asia, so it’s good for me to be here this year.

"I like the golf course, it’s in good condition and I’ll play the pro-am tomorrow so I will learn more about the course.

"It’s not much different in Thailand, it’s the same grass and same weather, so I think I will really enjoy the tournament here."

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