Wang wins second Faldo Series title in Taiwan
24 May 2013: Wang Wei-Lun fired a final-round 66 to win the Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship for a second time at Sunrise Golf and Country Club. The 2011 winner finished six shots clear of defending Faldo Series Asia Girls’ Champion Cheng Ssu-Chia.
Overnight leader Wang added to his scores of 73 and 70 with an early eagle and then four birdies in the last six holes of his six-under-par final round. The 19-year-old qualifies for his second Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March.
Runner-up Cheng will also return to Mission Hills to defend the crown she won last year. The 15-year-old has already emulated her compatriot and friend Tseng Yani by winning a Faldo Series girls’ title but she will be hoping to add another in March 2014.
Three more age-group winners celebrating a Grand Final spot at Mission Hills were Wu Yi-Ching (Girls’ Under-21), Ian Chiang (Boys’ Under-18) and Lin Yuan-Wei (Boys’ Under-16).
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Tseng.
In September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.
The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 19 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China, two in India and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand. The season will conclude in March 2014 when Faldo hosts the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and Mission Hills. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
Leading final scores:
209 – Wang Wei-Lun (73-70-66)
218 – Tsai Che-Hung (78-72-68)
220 – Chen Jui-Sheng (76-74-70)
218 – Ian Chiang (74-73-71), Chen Po-Lin (76-70-72)
223 – Hung Jui-Cheng (72-79-72)
226 – Lin Yuan-Wei (77-75-74)
229 – Liu Yung-Hua (79-76-74)
218 – Wu Yi-Ching (72-73-73)
219 – Tsai Hsin-En (73-74-72)
223 – Lee Chia-Pei (76-76-71)
215 – Cheng Ssu-Chia (72-73-70)
224 – Wang Yi-Han (79-70-75)
228 – Chang Ya-Chun (77-74-77)