Yang Yong-eun arrived in Suzhou yesterday after a 30-hour journey from Atlanta, buoyed by a joint-eighth finish at the Masters and feeling good about his chances in the US$2.5 million Volvo China Open. Yang, Asia's first major winner, heads a 15-strong South Korean contingent at the OneAsia/European Tour event, which starts today at Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club in Jiangsu province. Yang will play with defending champion Scott Strange of Australia and Sweden's Henrik Stenson in the first two rounds, as he returns to the country where he beat Tiger Woods to win the 2006 HSBC Champions in nearby Shanghai. 'I'm in good form and was happy to finish in the top 10 at the Masters. Every player goes into a tournament expecting to win, but my primary aim is to make the top 10, then I'll go for a win if I'm in contention on Sunday,' said Yang, who also won the Honda Classic on last year's US PGA Tour. 'I travelled for about 30 hours from Augusta to get here, so I'm a little tired, but I am feeling good about being here and my chances this week.' Yang played up the chances of young compatriots Noh Seung-yul, who won last month's Malaysian Open, and Bae Sang-moon, winner of last year's Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open on the OneAsia Tour. 'Bae and Noh are definitely two of Korea's rising stars. They both hit the ball really long and straight, and have already had some big wins in their career,' Yang said. 'They could definitely contend for majors in the future if they can progress to compete on the US PGA Tour or European Tour.' A determined Liang Wenchong spearheads a 32-strong mainland challenge as he seeks to become only the third Chinese winner of the national open following Cheng Jun (1997) and Zhang Lianwei (2003). The 31-year-old Liang is in a strong vein of form following wins in last October's Midea China Classic and this month's Luxehills Chengdu Open. 'Winning in Chengdu certainly hasn't hurt my confidence. My swing is improving, although I'm still trying to get my short game to where it used to be,' said Liang, whose wins include the 2008 Hero Honda Indian Open and the 2007 Singapore Masters. 'The Volvo China Open is the most important tournament to me. It's more important than all the majors I've played. Your country's national open is the most important event to a player.' Stenson, who won last year's Players Championship on the US PGA Tour, is the highest-ranked player in the field, but expects a strong challenge from the Asian contingent. 'It's about my 10th time in China and it's good to be back, as I've had some great success here and I enjoy playing in China,' said Stenson, who won the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in 2008. 'We can expect a strong challenge from Asia this week, especially with the likes of Yang Yong-eun, Thongchai Jaidee and Liang Wenchong. Noh Seung-yul won the Malaysian Open last month, which didn't surprise me as I've been really impressed by him.' Strange, the reigning OneAsia Order of Merit winner, heads a line-up of 23 players from Australia as he attempts to become the first person to successfully defend the China Open.