A new chapter in British Open history will be written next month when Zhang Lianwei and Cheng Jun attempt to pre-qualify for the world's oldest golfing championship. Zhang and Cheng are among 46 Asian PGA members who have confirmed their participation in the final qualifying stage of the 127th Open, to be held at Royal Birkdale in England from July 16-19. It will be an especially memorable experience for the Shenzhen-based duo, who will become the first mainland Chinese golfers to brush with Open glory. And the pair will aim to emulate the efforts of Indian Gaurav Ghei and Singapore's Mardan Mamat, who progressed to the tournament proper last year. Zhang already has experience of playing in Britain, having competed in three Volvo PGA Championships. With his low ball flight, he will relish the opportunity of performing on the links courses he will encounter in Lancashire. It will also give them a hint of what is to come at St Andrews for October's Alfred Dunhill Cup. Among those who are joining the Chinese pair in the 36-hole qualifiers on July 12 and 13 are Hong Kong's Dominique Boulet, Taiwan's Chang Tse-peng, Ramon Brobio and Mars Pucay of the Philippines, Thais Prayad Marksaeng and Chawalit Plaphol and Koreans Kang Wook-soon and Mo Joong-kyung.