The European Tour players who are taking part in the Shenzhen International make the long journey to China this week.
Hopefully the long flight hasn’t taken anything out of American Peter Uihlein who was taking part in the Open de Espana last week. He scores well when he’s over in Asia and finished T8 in the China Open, T16 in the Malaysian Open and T4 in this event, all last year.
This year he has already finished fourth in the Thailand Classic and a T9 in the Maybank Championship of Malaysia. So he clearly enjoys the courses out there and expect him to have a good tournament.
Last year’s winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat has had a steady year nd his 15th in The Masters was a good performance. A year ago he eagled the par-five 17th to catch 19-year-old home favourite Hao-Tong Li and then won at the first play-off hole. He hasn’t yet hit the heights this year but seems to always be in contention. Also a big factor may be the fact he has been in China since the weekend and will be well prepared.
A regular on the Asian Tour, Australian Scott Hend missed the cut at the Open de Espana but this week he’s back on Asian soil where he has won seven times since 2012, including the True Thailand Classic this year. He is fifth on the Asia Tour Order of Merit and could finish this week even higher.