Liao warns of fierce challenge at Tianjin


AFP

TIANJIN, China — Liao Guiming has warned his Omega China Tour colleagues that it will be no walk in the park at the tree-lined championship layout at Yangliuqing Golf Club, the host venue for the inaugural Tianjin Championship, which tees off on Thursday. The current Omega Order of Merit leader arrived in the port city of Tianjin, southeast of Beijing, last Thursday to maximise his practice time ahead of the penultimate event of this year’s China Tour.

However, the 31-year-old said there’s no chance of a repeat of the 18-under-par total that Taiwan’s Tsai Chi-huang posted at the Luxehills Golf Championship in Chengdu earlier this month to beat Liao by three strokes.

“I’ve played a few practice rounds here and I can tell you this is not an easy course. It’s long, with a lot of trees, and you have to be really patient.” “You have to wait for birdies rather than try to make them happen,” said Liao, who boasts a victory and two runner-up finishes in his last three China Tour events. Also in the field are Asian Tour players Shang Lei and Alex Wu Ashun, who both qualified for the regional circuit at the end of last year.

The event’s foreign contingent includes Jim Johnson, Garth Cusick and Patrick Quernemoen from Beijing, Zhuhai-based Mark Giles, and Jovick Lee Wing-kei, James Stewart, Nick Redfern and Jason Robertson from Hong Kong.