Ireland's Paul Dunne and Matt Wallace of England tuned up for this week's Volvo China Open today (April 24) when the pair took up the challenge of playing a pair of traditional Chinese zithers in Beijing.

The two players are in the Chinese capital for the RMB 20 million tournament that gets underway on Thursday at the Beijing Huairou Topwin Golf and Country Club. And during a break from tournament practice, they received an impromptu musical lesson from Sven De Smet, Chairman of the board of directors of the Volvo China Open.

Although their musical talent left a little to be desired, Dunne – runner-up earlier this month at the Open de Espana – was happy to try his hand at something new.

"I've never come across an instrument like this before so I wanted to pick it up and play it like a guitar… not that I can play the guitar anyway!" he said. "But it's great to get the chance to do things like this when we travel, as tournaments often have the habit of running into each other without a break. This has been a fun experience and gave us a personal taste of the local Chinese culture."

Tri-sanctioned by the China Golf Association, the European Tour and the Asian Tour, the 24th staging of the Volvo China Open, which will be held at Beijing Huairou Topwin Golf and Country Club for a third successive year, has attracted a stellar field.

Dunne and Wallace will join defending champion Alexander Levy of France, 2016 winner Haotong Li from China, India's Race to Dubai number two Shubhankar Sharma Sharma and Race to Dubai number four Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand for the 24th staging of China's national open golf championship.


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