Asian Open Players

Several top Asian players regularly take part in the BMW Asian Open. Here, we profile some of the brightest stars in Asian golf at this time.

KJ Choi – SOUTH KOREA

KJ Choi became the first Korean golfer to win on the US PGA Tour, when he won the Compaq Classic of New Orleans in 2002. He followed that victory with a seven-shot win at the Tampa Bay Classic – the biggest winning margin on the Tour that year.

In 2003, KJ Choi shot 26-under-par to win the Linde German Masters – the first Korean to win an event on the European Tour International Schedule. He celebrated the end of the year by being selected by Gary Player as a wild card for the International Team at the Presidents Cup.

Choi finished 4th at the 2004 BMW Asian Open.

Jeev Milkha Singh – INDIA

One of the most consistent top Asian players at the BMW Asian Open, Jeev Milkha finished tied for 10th in 2004 and 2005, and 26th in 2006.

The first Indian to qualify for the European Tour (courtesy of the 1997 Qualifying School), Singh came to the fore in 2006, with wins at the Volvo China Open and the season-ending Volvo Masters, beating Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington by a shot.

Singh finished Number One on the 2006 Asian Tour Order of Merit and can be expected to make a strong showing in 2008.

Liang Wen-chong – CHINA

Liang Wen-chong is now China’s leading player, taking over from his mentor, Zhang Liang-wei. His first major victory came in the Clariden Leu Singapore Masters in 2007, via a play-off.

Liang enjoyed a stellar 2006 season, posting five top-10 finishes in Japan and winning twice on the Omega China Tour.

In 2001, Liang won the Davidoff Nations Cup with Zhang and enjoyed his EMC World Cup debut in Japan, where he and Zhang finished tied 17th – China’s best showing in the team event. He was also a member of the Asian team that won the Visa Dynasty Cup in 2003 and 2005, where he and partner Zhang hold a 100% winning record.

In 2002, Liang earned over US$100,000, posting four top-10s. He is tipped by many for great things, and will be hoping to lead not only the Asian players but the whole field at the 2008 BMW Asian Open.