History 1997



Date:May 15-18, 1997

Venue: Beijing International Golf Club

Champion: Cheng Jun (China)

While there was no doubting Cheng Jun's technical ability on the golf course - he is arguably the most graceful swinger of a golf club anywhere in Asia - nobody would have placed large bets on him winning one of the top events in Asia from one of the strongest fields in Asia.

Since turning pro at the end of 1994, Cheng has watched as compatriot Zhang Lian Wei's star rose very quickly with no fewer than eight tournament victories in less than two and a half years. There were many times when Cheng looked like he would also break through with some scintillating first rounds only to see chances of victory ebb away from him with disappointing finishes. We all know how difficult it is to keep beliving in yourself when circumstances like that seemingly continually conspire to put you down.

So here we were at the US$400,000 Volvo China Open at Beijing International Golf Club and Cheng Jun not only wins but wins by an emphatic five shots from the best in Asia ! As we said nobody doubted his shotmaking ability - he can play as well as anybody. It was that he held it together with the best in Asia breathing down his neck.

Cheng's victory was the most popular on the Tour. At only 28 years old he can now carry forward not only bags of talent but also bags of confidence in knowing that he has what it takes to win a top class tournament.

Final Results

Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT +/- PRIZE
1 CHENG Jun (CHN) 72 70 68 70 280 -8 US$72,000.00
2 Adrian PERCEY (AUS) 78 74 66 67 285 -3 US$42,000.00
3 Mike CUNNING (USA) 73 71 72 70 286 -2 US$24,400.00
  MO Joong-Kyung (KOR) 72 75 69 70 286 -2 US$24,400.00
5 Jerry SMITH (USA) 72 76 71 68 287 -1 US$17,200.00
6 NAM Young-Woo (KOR) 76 74 71 67 288 0 US$14,400.00
  CHOI Kyoung-Ju (KOR) 74 74 71 69 288 0 US$14,400.00
8 Justin COOPER (AUS) 70 79 72 68 289 1 US$11,900.00
  David BRANSDON (AUS) 73 73 73 70 289 1 US$11,900.00
10 Aaron MEEKS (USA) 75 74 72 69 290 2 US$10,200.00
  Christopher WILLIAMS (ENG) 76 72 72 70 290 2 US$10,200.00
12 Glenn Joyner (AUS) 74 74 74 69 291 3 US$8,200.00
  Kwon Young-Suk (KOR) 74 78 67 72 291 3 US$8,200.00
  Raul Fretes (PAR) 72 75 70 74 291 3 US$8,200.00
15 Nico Van Rensburg (RSA) 75 77 69 71 292 4 US$6,300.00
  Simon Yates (SCO) 76 71 72 73 292 4 US$6,300.00
17 Chen Tsang-Te (TPE) 77 74 72 70 293 5 US$4,860.00
  Park Nam-Sin (KOR) 74 75 73 71 293 5 US$4,860.00
  Frederick Mansson (SWE) 75 76 71 71 293 5 US$4,860.00
  Christian Chernock (USA) 76 76 70 71 293 5 US$4,860.00
  Scott Laycock (AUS) 73 76 72 72 293 5 US$4,860.00
  Hsieh Yu-Shu (TPE) 69 74 77 73 293 5 US$4,860.00
23 Jeff Senior (AUS) 74 77 73 70 294 6 US$3,766.67
  Wang Ter-Chang (TPE) 73 76 74 71 294 6 US$3,766.67
  Steven Alker (NZL) 73 76 74 71 294 6 US$3,766.67
  Arjun Singh (IND) 75 76 71 72 294 6 US$3,766.67
  Gerry Norquist (USA) 73 74 74 73 294 6 US$3,766.67
  Dominique Boulet (HKG) 73 74 73 74 294 6 US$3,766.67
29 Charlie Wi (KOR) 76 76 73 70 295 7 US$2,885.71
  Richard Backwell (AUS) 76 74 74 71 295 7 US$2,885.71
  Hendrik Buhrmann (RSA) 76 75 73 71 295 7 US$2,885.71
  Vivek Bhandari (IND) 74 72 77 72 295 7 US$2,885.71
  Mardan Mamat (SIN) 77 73 72 73 295 7 US$2,885.71
  Rob Stephens (AUS) 72 74 75 74 295 7 US$2,885.71
  Eric Meeks (USA) 72 74 73 76 295 7 US$2,885.71
36 Kang Wook-Soon (KOR) 73 77 75 72 297 9 US$2,273.33
  Cho Chui-Sang (KOR) 77 73 74 73 297 9 US$2,273.33
  John Kernohan (USA) 77 75 70 75 297 9 US$2,273.33
  Robert Herrera (COL) 80 71 71 75 297 9 US$2,273.33
  Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 72 77 73 75 297 9 US$2,273.33
  Thammanoon Srirot (THA) 72 78 71 76 297 9 US$2,273.33
42 Peter Fowler (AUS) 76 74 78 70 298 10 US$1,680.00
  Stuart Bouvier (AUS) 75 77 75 71 298 10 US$1,680.00
  Paul Friedlander (SWZ) 76 73 77 72 298 10 US$1,680.00
  Lucien Tinkler (AUS) 75 75 75 73 298 10 US$1,680.00
  Boonchu Ruangkit (THA) 76 73 73 76 298 10 US$1,680.00
  Clay Devers (USA) 70 78 73 77 298 10 US$1,680.00
48 Larry Barber (USA) 73 76 79 71 299 11 US$1,220.00
  Euan Mcintosh (SCO) 74 78 75 72 299 11 US$1,220.00
  Brian Gay (USA) 76 75 75 73 299 11 US$1,220.00
  Kenny Walker (SCO) 78 74 73 74 299 11 US$1,220.00
  Simon Owen (NZL) 75 77 72 75 299 11 US$1,220.00
  Andrew Bonhomme (AUS) 75 75 74 75 299 11 US$1,220.00
  Steven Armstrong (SCO) 72 74 77 76 299 11 US$1,220.00
55 Brad Andrews (AUS) 76 74 79 71 300 12 US$960.00
56 Grant Dodd (AUS) 74 75 80 72 301 13 US$948.00
  Rafael Ponce (ECU) 73 79 76 73 301 13 US$948.00
58 Liang Wen-Chong (A) (CHN) 73 78 76 75 302 14 Amateur
  Philip Chapman (AUS) 77 75 73 77 302 14 US$924.00
  Danny Zarate (PHI) 73 76 74 79 302 14 US$924.00
61 Eric Rustand (USA) 78 72 81 72 303 15 US$688.00
  Kyi Hla Han (MYN) 76 76 78 73 303 15 US$688.00
63 Robert Huxtable (USA) 76 76 80 78 310 22 US$450.00
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