China’s Liang Wen-chong believes he is peaking at the right time for The Open which will get underway at the Home of Golf in St Andrews next week.
Liang’s win at the JGT Championship in Japan last month was key in securing his third appearance at the world’s oldest Major.
That victory moved the three-time Asian Tour winner into second place on the Japan Golf Tour’s money list, earning him a well-deserved exemption to The Open which will be played from July 16-19.
“I’m very happy that I managed to turn my game around at the right time, especially with my win in Japan last month. I’m feeling very positive about my form at the moment and naturally I’m confident of doing well,” said Liang, who was Asia’s number in 2007.
Liang’s best result at The Open was in 2008 when he finished in 64th-place. He missed the cut the following year after posting rounds of 77 and 72 at Turnberry.
But the Chinese is looking forward to ride on his rich vein of form for a standout performance in St Andrews.
“I feel like it’s going to be different this time around. I was not very well prepared in the past and was under pressure as there were lots of expectations on me.
“But after many years, I’ve learn a lot and I’m able to handle myself better. Now I think the most important thing is to take it easy and just play your own game,” said Liang.
One of Liang’s most significant moments on the Asian Tour came in 2007 where he became the first Chinese to win the coveted Order of Merit title.
The 36-year-old has since gone on to establish himself on the region’s premier Tour and also endeared himself to the public with his graciousness.
He donated 50% of his winner’s purse to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines when he triumphed at the Resorts World Manila Masters in 2013 and also contributed his total winnings to the development of golf in China when he earned his maiden breakthrough at the Singapore Masters in 2007.
Liang is expected to spearhead the Asian challenge alongside India’s Anirban Lahiri and the Thai duo of Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Other Asian Tour members who will feature at The Open include 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States, American Jonathan Moore, Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Scott Hend, a six-time Asian Tour winner.