The Genzon Golf Club has spared no effort - or money - to give Chinese golfers a head start at the 20th Volvo China Open. Thirty-three Chinese golfers will tee off in the 156-strong field on Thursday and all have been given a free run of the course in Longgang district, including accommodation, for the past few months. And as an added incentive Genzon Group boss Deng Xueqin has promised to double the purse for any Chinese player finishing in the top five. The first prize is 3.3 million yuan (HK$4.1 million) at the OneAsia-European Tour co-sanctioned event. "We are sparing no effort in supporting and promoting the development of golf in China," said Deng, whose group specialises in real estate and medicine, with golf, hotels and catering as subsidiaries. As a professional golfer, you try to move forward all the time, but you have to be patient and wait for the right moment Liang Wenchong In reality only a handful of local players has a chance of making the cut - seven of the contingent are amateurs - but the carrot is dangling for the likes of Liang Wenchong, Wu Ashun and Zhang Xinjun. "This week all Chinese players have a chance to do well because Genzon Golf Club has really supported us, allowing us free practice and access to the course for some time now," said Wu, who finished fourth at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship last month. "I feel a little bit of extra pressure for the Volvo China Open but it also motivates you," the 28-year-old said. Zhang finished runner-up at the US PGA Tour's first-ever China series event in Hainan last week and hopes to make a mark this year. "I hope to get my first win on OneAsia this year," said 26-year-old Zhang, whose participation could be cut short as his wife is expecting their first child. Liang, the best golfer China has produced, enjoys playing at home and fancies his chances this week against the likes of world number three Henrik Stenson, US PGA champion Jason Dufner and popular Englishman Ian Poulter. "Every player feels pressure and for me to say I don't feel it would be a lie," Liang said. "But I have won three international events in China and all of them had top players taking part, so I have the experience already. "As a professional golfer, you try to move forward all the time, but you have to be patient and wait for the right moment." While Liang is inspiring the next generation, he followed a trail blazed by Zhang Lianwei, who won this event in 2003 and will be playing his 20th national open this week. "I’m very honoured to be part of this history and it motivates me to do well,” the 48-year-old said. “I’ll try my best this week to reward the fans who have been supporting me for so long."