Wu celebrates Faldo Series success in Suzhou
4 July 2012: Wu Haochuan of China celebrated a three-shot victory in the fifth Faldo Series Shanghai Championship at Taihu International Golf Club in Suzhou. The 19-year-old from Nanjing fired rounds of 70 and 69 to clinch his spot in the Asia Grand Final next March.
“This is my second win of the year and it was down to my putting,” said a delighted Wu who finished on five under par. “It will be a real honour to learn from Sir Nick Faldo as I have always loved his golf swing.”
Also securing a place in the seventh Grand Final, to be hosted by Faldo at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, were four age-group winners, all from eastern China: Pu Junyi (Boys’ Under-18), Zeng Delin (Boys’ Under-16), He Xinyi (Girls’ Under-21) and Chang Wenhui (Girls’ Under-16).
The Faldo Series was making its debut at Taihu in Jiangsu Province, having recently announced a minimum three-year partnership with the Ladies European Tour venue. With 60 golfers taking part, local children were also invited to enjoy an introduction to golf.
Established in 1996, 38 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 28 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
The 2012/2013 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 18 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golf wear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade and Tricor. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
Leading final scores:
139 – Wu Haochuan (70-69)
152 – Zhu Quanzhou (79-73)
144 – Pu Junyi (67-77)
151 – Fang Basiteng (74-77)
144 – Zeng Delin (74-70)
148 – Wang Dongyu (74-74)
172 – Zeng Delin (88-84)
142 – Chang Wenhui (73-69)
145 – Jin Man (73-72)