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Wen Chong Liang
This week, becomes the first professional from mainland China to compete in a PGA Championship. . .Learned the game in the golf hotbed of China, the southern province of Guangdong . . .Plays out of Zhongshan Hot Spring Golf Club, the first modern golf club in China, which was established in 1984. It is a 36-hole complex designed by Arnold Palm and Jack Nicklaus . . .Earned his first victory outside of domestic competition in the 2007 Clariden Leu Singapore Masters, a European Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event. Pledged his earnings from that victory to develop golf in China . . . Member of the winning Dynasty Cup Teams (Team Asia) in 2003 and 2005, holding a 5-1 career record in Ryder Cup-style matches against Team Japan (which featured leading players from the Japan PGA Tour). . . .In 2007, became the first Chinese players to break the $1 million earnings mark on the Asian Tour. . .Is a member of the ET-PGA, JGTO, Asian and China Tour. . .Enjoys non-fiction and spending time with his family. . .Won a 1kg gold bar for a final-round hole-in-one at the UBS Hong Kong Open in November 2006, which was his second ace in professional competition. . .Lists winning the UBS Order of Merit crown (which ranked him No. 1 in Asia) as his primary goal for the 2007 season. . .Owns seven victories on the China Tour since 1999. . .Competed in only two events on the China Tour in 2006, winning both. . .Had six top-10 finishes on the JGTO in 2006, finishing 21st on the money list. . .Competed in his first PGA Tour event in 2006 at The International, finishing in a tie for 37th. Missed the final-round cut by a single point in the modified Stableford competition. . .It was the highest-ever finish by a Chinese golfer on the PGA Tour. . .Winner of the Nations Cup (Asian World Cup qualifier) with Zhang Lian Wei in 2001, and represented China at the EMC World Cup (Japan). . . .Current leader of the UBS Order of Merit (Asian Tour) with $438,252. . .Has the leading stroke average on the Asian Tour (70.3) and is a combined 66 under-par in 11 events (or 45 strokes better than his nearest competitor). . .Has made 184 birdies on the Asian Tour this year. . .Winner, 1996-98 China Amateur Championship.