WU ASHUN TO PLAY FOR ASIA AT THE ROYAL TROPHY


Chinese star Wu Ashun’s sparkling form on the Japan Golf Tour has earned him a second Royal Trophy nomination, joining a team that features all of the best professional golfers in the Asian region.

Wu’s end of season results – which included his second win in Japan as well as a runner-up finish and a third place in his final six starts – provided the evidence to Captain Y.E. Yang that Wu was a player that fully deserve a place in Asia’s ‘dream team’ for the seventh edition of the Royal Trophy to be played at Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou, China on 20-22 December.

The traditional and official competition between the continents of Europe and Asia will feature a total of 16 matches played over three days and will showcase four foursomes, four four-ball and eight singles matches.

Wu comes into the Royal Trophy in outstanding form having just delivered an eye-catching performance in the Japan Tour, finishing second in the season-ending and highly prestigious Golf Nippon Series JT Cup less than one week ago.

Asian Team Captain Y.E. Yang has assembled a powerful Asian Team for his inaugural captaincy at the majestic event which includes last year’s dramatic play-off winner K.T. Kim and his in-form Korean compatriot H.S. Kim, the brilliant Japanese trio of Hideki Matsuyama, Ryo Ishikawa and Hiroyuki Fujita as well as Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Wu also joins Vice Captain Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wen-chong in the Captain Yang’s mighty golfing battalion. He made his Royal Trophy debut in last year’s sensational Asian victory and will provide Captain Y.E. Yang the option of forming an all-Chinese pair for the foursomes and four-ball matches – not an attractive option for European Team Captain José Maria Olazábal but a mouth-watering line-up for the Chinese golf fans.

A spectacular 62 in the opening round of the Toshin Golf Tournament, where he was the defending champion, signaled the start of a glorious run of results for Wu. He finished third in that event this time, and after finishing just outside the top twenty in the Japan Open, he claimed his second title on the Japan Golf Tour last month with a superb one shot victory over Royal Trophy team-mate H.S. Kim in the Heiwa PGM Championship.

Wu, 28, had already entered the record books as the first Chinese golfer to win a tournament on the Japan Golf Tour with his triumph in last year’s edition of the Toshin Golf Tournament. His latest victory made him even more of a hero to China’s many millions of golf fans, and proved the springboard for a top ten finish in the Japan Tour Order of Merit.

He followed up with a respectable share of 32nd spot in the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters and a tie for seventh at the Casio World Open before finishing runner-up to Yusaku Miyazato last weekend.

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