Zhang favoured to continue outstanding home form

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 April, 1998, 12:00am

Chinese number one Zhang Lianwei will be looking to continue his outstanding run of form on home soil at the US$200,000 Orient Masters which starts today in Xiamen.

The Shenzhen-based player has been in unbeatable form for the past three seasons in China and is favourite to win the Orient Masters, a joint-sanctioned event between the Omega Tour and the China PGA Tour.

Zhang topped the 1995 and 1997 Volvo China Tours, in between highly successful trips overseas.

'I treat all tournaments the same whether I am in Europe or Asia,' said Zhang, after yesterday's Pro-Am at the Orient Golf and Country Club. 'There is no doubt, though, that when I play in China I feel much more comfortable.' Zhang finished second in the London Myanmar Open and is currently in fourth place on the Order of Merit with winnings of US$25,042.

With the circuit heading to Shanghai in two weeks for the Volvo China Open he is in a good position to establish himself as the Omega Tour's top player.

The Chinese player faces a good field this week including American Mike Cunning, South Korea's Kang Wook-soon, Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng and Boonchu Ruangkit, Australians Lucas Parsons and John Senden, and India's Arjun Atwal.