QINHUANGDAO, HEBEI, CHINA—Canada’s Richard Jung starts this week’s RMB 1.5 million Qinhuangdao Championship with a new quest to finish in the top-five of the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit following his breakthrough victory at last week’s Suzhou Open.
Jung, 25, will play with American Sam Chien and England’s Michael Skelton in the first two rounds at Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club, boosted by last Sunday’s RMB 270,000 winner’s check that propelled him to eighth on the Order of Merit and gave him the appetite for ‘more wins’ in the final four events.
A week after his sights were set on more modest targets, the Korea-born Canadian is now focused on finishing in the top-five of the money list and securing a spot on next year’s Web.com Tour.
“Before last week, I just wanted to get into top-25 and play Web.com Tour second stage qualifying, but since I’m right up there, my goal has changed to top-five and hopefully give myself some starts on Web and then climb up [to the PGA TOUR],” said Jung, who believes the Poly Golf Club layout suits his game.
“I think it’s a really good course. It’s more ‘position golf’ this week, which is good for me because I’m really confident in my wedges at the moment.”
Before his win in Suzhou, Jung was making swing changes with his coach in Korea and now believes he can win again with a game suited to competing with the Tour’s higher-ranked players.
“I think my technique is ready to play with the big boys, but I think I still need to tweak some things in my head mentally and be more confident about my game,” said Jung.
“Hopefully I’ll get more wins before the season ends, but winning is hard. I won last week, but I definitely learned a lot. I learned how to control myself down the stretch, and how to make proper decisions in crucial times.”
England’s William Harrold is ninth in the Order of Merit, one spot behind Jung, and the 30-year-old Englishman is hoping to finish the season as well as he started, having finished runner-up in the opening two events in Chengdu and Chongqing.
“My game’s been good and I’m hoping to get a good result here. I just need to enjoy myself and hopefully I can get a good result like I did at the start of the year, when I wasn’t worried about anything,” said Harrold, who believes his best is yet to come. “The fire hasn’t been lit yet!”
The PGA TOUR established PGA TOUR Series-China in 2014 as its third international developmental tour, following in the footsteps of PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada. Since its inception, PGA TOUR Series-China players have received Official World Golf Ranking points for top finishes at official tournaments.