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Wen-chong Liang

ChinaChina

Start Position
4
Current Position
To Par: -8
Total Strokes: 72 - 71 - 64 - 73 : 280
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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: Zhongshan, China
  • Residence: Zhongshan, China
  • Age: 32
  • Turned Pro: 1999
  • Eligibility Code: 12

When he made his entry into the professional world, Liang possessed an unorthodox golf swing where he had a baseball swing type follow through. However, he has since refined his game in recent years to good effect under the guidance of Australian coach Kel Llewellyn. Grew up in Zhongshan, home of China’s first modern-day golf course in the 1980s. Introduced to the game at school when he was 16. Got married in 2005 and welcomed the arrival of his first child as well in the same year. Has been given the mantle as China's flag bearer on the international scene by his mentor, Zhang Lian-wei. Liang was Asia’s number one in 2007, becoming the first Chinese player to win the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit following a superb season where he clinched one victory and eight other top-10s. His maiden triumph came at the Singapore Masters where he defeated Malaysia’s Iain Steel in a play-off. He was a gracious winner as he donated all his prize winnings of over US$183,000 towards the development of golf in China. Liang also made his Major debut at the US PGA Championship in 2007 and broke the US$1 million mark in career earnings. He represented China with Zhang Lian-wei in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup on home soil where they achieved the country’s best finish in 11th place. In 2008, Liang earned his second victory at the Hero Honda Indian Open, where he set a new 18-hole Tour record with a stunning 12-under-par 60 in the opening round. He produced a gutsy finish with two closing birdies to win the title by one shot from Darren Beck of Australia. Also finished in the top-10 at the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open, Volvo China Open and Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open. Liang was also invited to play in the US Masters but missed the halfway cut. However, he made up for that disappointment with an historic appearance at the British Open where he played in all four rounds, finishing tied 64th at Royal Birkdale. In 2009, Liang enjoyed a tied seventh finish in the Maybank Malaysian Open. In 2006, Liang enjoyed a good season with a fourth place finish at the star-studded Barclays Singapore Open being the main highlight. He has also established himself in Japan, posting five top-10s and winning twice as well on the Omega China Tour. Another highlight of 2006 was when he won a one-kilogram gold bar courtesy of UBS at the UBS Hong Kong Open for a hole-in-one during the final round. In 2005, he finished as the highest ranked Asian in the Caltex Masters presented by Carlsberg, Singapore in fifth position and followed that up with a top-10 finish in the Malaysian Open. Competed in only four events in the second half of the year where he came in sixth in the Crowne Plaza Open. Has played in Japan with a fair measure of success since 2004. In 2004, he finished tied third in the Sanya Open, missing a 15-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to join a play-off. Then finished in the top-20 of his final three events, the Volvo China Open, Hong Kong Open and Volvo Masters of Asia. In 2003, Liang enjoyed several highs and lows. Was disqualified at the Caltex Masters, Singapore for using an illegal driver in January and missed the cut at the next event, the Johnnie Walker Classic. Bounced back with top-10s in the Malaysian Open, SK Telecom Open and Kolon Cup Korean Open. Earned a spot in the World Cup with Zheng Wen-gen but had to withdraw from the event as it clashed with the Japan Golf Tour Qualifying School. The sacrifice paid off as he secured his Japan card for 2004. Was a member of the Asian team that won the Dynasty Cup in 2003 and 2005 where he and partner Zhang maintained a 100% winning record. In 2002, he enjoyed a memorable season, earning over US$100,000. Posted four top-10s, including a then career-high third place at the TCL Classic on home soil. At the same event, he played his way into the history books by shooting the Tour’s 100th hole-in-one during the third round. In 2001, Liang won the Nations Cup with Zhang and enjoyed his World Cup debut in Japan where they finished tied 17th. As an amateur, he made a name for himself by winning the China Amateur Open three times in a row. Made his mark with a tied fourth finish in the 1999 Volvo China Open as an amateur.