Wen-chong Liang donates half Manila earnings to Typhoon Haiyan relief
Wen-chong Liang won the inaugural Manila Masters in a playoff Sunday, then donated half his earnings to help victims from Typhoon Haiyan.
Liang, 35, earned $135,000, and said he was giving half of it away to relief efforts.
"Before coming over to the Philippines, I was really affected by what I saw of the damage and victims suffering from the aftermath of the typhoon on television," he told the Asian Tour's website. "I've decided to donate 50 percent of my winnings to do my part and support the relief efforts."
Asian Tour officials thought about postponing or cancelling the event in the wake of the storm, which devastated a swath of the Philippines south of the Manila area. They decided to go through with the tournament at the Southwoods Golf and Country Club after consulting with local golf associations, authorities and relief agencies.
Chief Executive Mike Kerr said the tour felt the best way it could help was by staging the competition and supporting aid and relief programs. Several players participated just to try to raise money and otherwise help the relief effort.
Liang is best known as a pioneer of Chinese golf, and is the first player from China to have made it into the top 100 in the world ranking. Among his other breakthroughs: He was the first Chinese player to win the Asian Tour of Merit (2007); the first to play in the PGA Championship (2007); the first to play in the Masters (2008); and the first to make the cut in a major (2008 British Open). In addition, he set the course record at Whistling Straits with a third-round 64 in the 2010 PGA Championship, when he went on to tie for eighth place.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.