Liang, Strange sign up for Chengdu Open

09:13, March 03, 2010      

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Chinese No 1 Liang Wenchong and Australian Scott Strange have confirmed they will compete at the $1 million Luxehills Chengdu Open from April 1-4, the opening event of the second OneAsia season.

Liang became OneAsia's first Chinese champion when he won the Midea China Classic in Guangdong last October and the 31-year-old is keen to add to that title against an international-quality field at the Luxehills International Country Club in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

"Major new events like the Luxehills Chengdu Open are important for Chinese golf," Liang said. "I'm happy to play in such major events to support the development of the game here"

Liang, who finished joint 25th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii in January, has been one of Asia's top-ranked players since winning the European Tour co-sanctioned Singapore Masters in 2007. As well as winning the 2008 Hero Honda Indian Open, he has competed in the past two British Opens, the 2007 PGA Championship and The Masters in 2008.

However, winning tournaments in his homeland still holds massive importance for the Zhongshan-born father of two.

"I really want to win again in China," he said. "Midea was my best result last year and I'd really like to build on that against another quality international field at Luxehills. I'm also excited as it will be my first time playing at Luxehills."

Strange will head to Chengdu as OneAsia's reigning Order of Merit winner after a great year in which he won the Volvo China Open, OneAsia's inaugural event, and finished joint runner-up at the season-ending Australian PGA Championship.

The Perth-born 32-year-old earned $505,783 to top the OneAsia Order of Merit ahead of compatriots Adam Scott and Robert Allenby and the likes of South Korea's Bae Sang-moon. Strange also had five top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

$Source:China Daily
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