Liu Zehao is now looking forward to playing with the stars of the PGA European Tour following his 1 up victory in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship today.


The 17-year-old from Hebei looked well on his way to winning the title after going 3 up against Chen Peicheng after eight holes, and despite Chen winning the ninth and the 11th holes Liu remained 2 up with four holes to play.

“He started making everything on the closing holes so I thought I might lose the match,” said Liu, who spent three years living in Florida at a golf academy from the age of 13.

Beijing-based Chen won the 16th and 17th holes to see the pair go all square up the par four 18th and despite hitting his approach shot to just six fee Chen, who celebrated his 15th birthday yesterday was not able to hole the birdie putt and claim the match.

This saw the pair return to the par four first hole where Liu won the title with a par four against Chen’s bogey five.

“Last year I lost in the first round to the eventual winner so I’m delighted to win the championship today,” added Liu. “The most satisfying hole was the par three 10th as I holed a birdie putt from about 15 yards.

“Chen had just won the ninth hole with a birdie so my birdie on 10 gave me back a three-shot lead.”

Liu said after the match that he has had great support from his parents and also said that he has been fortunate to play in several Volvo-sponsored events. He is also grateful to the Zhang Lianwei Foundation for their support and said that in fact he was the very first player to receive the foundation’s support.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in the Volvo China Open as it will be my first time to play in my national open,” Liu said. “It will give me a great opportunity to learn from European Tour professionals.”

Zhang Yue won a hard fought match against Yuan Hexi and eventually claimed the girl’s prize with a 2 up score.

“I have played in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship for the past five years and this is the final time that I can play, so of course I’m delighted to finally win this very important event,” Zhang said.

“Playing 45 holes yesterday was a new experience for me, but I’m glad I came through and managed to win the title today. Next year I will be able to play in the pro-am at the Volvo China Open so I think it will be a great opportunity to watch the pros closely and learn important aspects of the game.”

Zhang found herself 3 down after 12 holes and trying to match the good play of her opponent, but then she won four holes in a row from the 13th to find herself 1 up with two holes to play.

She then sealed the win in style with a birdie three on the par-four 18th hole.



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