Defending Champion Liang Wen-chong and Major winner Darren Clarke share the lead at the Nanshan China Masters at the Shandong Nanshan International Golf Club.
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Liang and Darren are at -8 under par for the Nanshan China Masters, Darren with a third round -4 under par 68, while Liang carded -2 under par 70. Darren said the game is all about pressure;
“There is pressure in any event. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Open Championship or the China Masters. I’ve practiced really hard these last couple of years since I’ve won the Open and just not been able to get the scores. Obviously I’d be delighted to win on Sunday, but there’s 18 holes of golf to go and a lot of talent there or thereabouts at the top of the leaderboard.”
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Liang won last years title in fine style, playing the 18th with South Korea’s Y.E. Yang five times before coming out on top of the play-off. He is very respectful of Darrens presence;
” He is a very respected player and as the local I’m ready to face his challenge and will try my best to play well.”
Zhang Xin-jun, Kwon Sung-youl and Scott Strange share third place, all at -6 under par, just two shots off the lead.
Kwon is playing in his first OneAsia event after finishing 20th at Q-School in January, and is somewhat of a surprise package here;
“It’s my first time to visit China and also my first OneAsia event, but I am calm and stable. When I was doing my national service, I was really thirsty for golf. That is what has motivated me in Korea this year.”
Charl Schwartzel, other Major winner is currently tied in sixth place alongside Australian Terry Pilkadaris and Kiwi Gareth Paddison at -5 under par for the tournament. Charl is very frustrated with his recent performance;
“To have these sort of weeks frustrates me a lot because I know I can play a lot better, especially on a golf course like this where you should be a lot more under par. On the brighter side, at least I’m not far behind. We all know the game and sometimes it changes overnight so hopefully I can find something that will get me through tomorrow and let me hit the ball the way I know I can and at least give Darren a run.”