Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Zealander Hendry, Chinese Liang To Rematch In Indonesia Open

Jakarta, 30 June 2011: New Zealand's Michael Hendry will return to defend his title at the Indonesia Open golf tournament next month along with China's Liang Wenchong, who finished runner up last year on his way to winning the OneAsia Order of Merit title, a press statement said here on Thursday.

The 1 million U.S. dollar-OneAsia event will tee-off at Damai Indah Golf - Pantai Indah Kapuk Course (PIK) from July 14 to 17.

It is the seventh leg of the season on OneAsia and will also feature Japanese legend Shigeki Maruyama, Irishman Paul McGinley, Europe's Ryder Cup hero, and Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant, winner of this event in 2005.

Hendry propelled his name into the spotlight with an emphatic seven shot victory in 2010 at PIK.

The man from North Harbour started the day with a one stroke lead and fired a flawless final round seven-under-par 65 to finish comfortably ahead of Liang.

Unheralded Hendry killed off the challenge of his nearest competitors with a brilliant run of seven birdies on six, eight, nine, 11, 12, 13 and 14.

He finished with a four-round aggregate of 19-under-par 269 and earned a check for 180,000 dollars.

Liang was the leader at the halfway mark by two shots last year before Hendry took control.

However, it was another fine week for Liang that saw him receive a check for 102,000 dollars.

He lifted last year's OneAsia Order of Merit crown, with earnings of 560,736 dollars, thanks to victories in the Luxehills Chengdu Open in China and the Thailand Open.

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