All too easy for Zhang

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am

Zhang Lianwei finally ended a victory-drought stretching back over two-and-a-half years when he came from behind for a comfortable triumph in the Omega China Tour C Zhuhai Leg. The 41-year-old's last win was in November 2003 in the Volvo China Open, the same year he became the first Chinese to claim a European PGA title.

That success in the Caltex Masters in Singapore was a narrow win over Ernie Els. This time in his hometown he took advantage of Li Chao's fall from grace, shooting a fine three-under-par 69 for an eight-over-par total of 296, turning a six-shot deficit into a six-shot winning margin over Zheng Wengen. It was also the first time Zhang had claimed the garlands in three attempts on the Omega China Tour and he admitted that he was glad to get a victory under his belt.

'It feels so good to win,' he said. 'I have won in many other places, as far as away as Canada. But it's so special for me because it's my hometown, where I am from is only 20 minutes from here.'