PINGAN BANK CHINA TOUR-PGA TOUR CHINA SERIES VICTORIES (1): 2014 Nine Dragons Open.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS (Amateur)
Current Year: Opened his season with a T32 at the Buick Open…Following a disappointing showing in The Eternal Courtyard Open (missed cut), didn’t start well at the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open in late-May. Recovered nicely from his opening, 5-over 77 with a 71-69-69 (7-under) finish to T12 with Teemu Putkonen, Maxwell McCardle, Guowu Zhou and Weihuang Hu…Rebounded from an opening, 3-over 75 in the first round of the Lanhai Open and was 4-under the rest of the week to finish T7 with Thomas Petersson…During the Series’ break, traveled to the U.S. and played in the Trans-Mississippi Championship. Had a solid showing at Flint Hills National GC in Andover, Kan. Used a final-round 69 to T12 with Ryan Zech…Added 18th-place finishes at the Sahalee Players Championship and at the AJGA Tournament of Champions…Also qualified for match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur in South Carolina. Lost in 23 holes to Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan…Returning to the professional ranks, opened 68-67 at the Cadillac Championship in Beijing in mid-September and held a share of the 36-hole lead with Xinjun Zhang and Junghwan Lee. Fell from contention with a 3-over 75 Sunday but rebounded with a 3-under 69 on the final day to T7 with Yi Keun Chang and Justin Shin...In defense of his Nine Dragons Open title, had a solid showing in his return to Nine Dragons GC in Jiaxing. Turned in rounds of 70-74-72-69 to give him a solo-10th-place finish. In his final-round 69, overcame a double bogey-5 on No. 4 to post five back-nine birdies, including birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to close his round.
2014: Made his PGA TOUR China debut at the Mission Hills Haikou Open, missing the cut after rounds of 72-77…Made his first cut two weeks later, when he opened with a 78 but fired a second-round 69 to get to the weekend at the Buick Open. Finished 77-72 to T64 in Guangzhou…Broke through with a top-20 at the Chateau Junding Penglai Open. Began and closed with 2-under 70s to T17…In his next start, finished T13. Again looked like he would miss the cut, but a season-best 67 in the second round got him to the weekend. Fired back-to-back 70s to T13…Broke through in a big way at the Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open. Took the 36-hole lead after rounds of 68-69 left him at 7-under and a stroke ahead of Brett Drewitt, Shih Chang Chan and Hoon Heui Lee. Dropped into a solo third with a Saturday 71 at St. Andrews Zhengzhou GC. Settled on a solo-third performance with a final-round 76 as Hao Tong Li ran away from the field with an eight-shot win…In his next start, was two strokes behind leader Lucas Lee with three holes to play at the Nine Dragons Open in Jiaxing. Finished par-birdie-par, while Lee was going bogey-bogey-bogey, making history by becoming the first amateur to win on PGA TOUR China and breaking J.H. Wang’s record as the youngest winner on Tour…Picked up his third consecutive top-10 and played well a week after winning his first title. Opened with rounds of 72-72 at the Hainan Open in Sanya, stumbled to a 2-over 74 Saturday then added one more 72 to T9 with Quincy Quek, Todd Baek and Dong Su…In October, played well through three rounds of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne GC in October. Shot a final-round 76 to fall into a T12 with two others, well behind winner Antonio Murdaca.
2013: Played a full amateur slate in the U.S., winning the American Junior Golf Association Ravenwood Junior at Ravenwood GC in Victor, N.Y., the highlight of his season. Opened with rounds of 71-73 and was five shots off Ethan DeForest’s 36-hole lead in the 54-hole event. Shot a final-round 66 to defeat Tony Gil by two shots in an event that finished on Independence Day in the United States…A week earlier, at the Junior at Penn State in State College, Pa., held a one-shot lead with 18 holes to play but fell by two strokes to Cole Miller. Shot a final-round 73 to Miller’s 70…Made it to match play of the U.S. Junior Amateur, losing 1-down to Jeffrey Swegle in the first round…In early June, was a stroke off the lead with a round to play at the AJGA Ping Phoenix Junior in Tempe, Ariz. Shot a final-round 73 to drop into a T4 with Corey Shaun, four strokes shy of winner Jens Verhey…Also made several professional starts, his best finish a 59th-place showing at the Foshan Open on the European Challenge Tour…Finished 17th at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship…Also missed the cut at the OneAsia Tour’s China Masters and at the European Tour’s Volvo China Open.