Posted by: Rolf | December 24, 2004

Zhang puts China on world golf skyline

It was a small step for Zhang Lianwei but a giant leap for Chinese professional golf.

The 39-year-old, a self-taught player who turned professional in 1994, made history by becoming the first Chinese player to compete in the US Masters at Augusta last April.

Zhang, then ranked 181st in the world, received a special invitation from Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson.

“We felt that it was good for the game of golf to extend a hand to the most populous nation in the world,” Johnson said. “He is a good golfer, and we thought it was entirely appropriate.”

Although he shot 77-72 and missed the cut by one shot, his presence in the world’s most famous course showed that China, who has already been one of the superpowers in the Olympic sports, is catching up in golf.

“For me it was a dream come true,” Zhang said. “For China this is only the beginning.”

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