After a disappointing tilt at the Asian Tour Q-School in January, Deyen Lawson has the opportunity to exact revenge when he is one of four Australians from the China Golf Tour to tee up in this week’s co-sanctioned Asia Pacific Classic.
Lawson made it all the way to the final qualifying stage in Thailand earlier this year but failed to make the 36-hole cut in the 90 hole finale and didn’t gain any status.
However, Lawson was a successful campaigner on the China Golf Tour in 2017 with six top-10 results from eight starts and will likely feel confident ahead of this week’s tournament.
Lawson joins Bryden Macpherson and New Zealanders Mathew Perry and Fraser Wilkin from the China Tour with 13 Australasian Asian Tour members also in the field.
Steven Jeffress, Maverick Antcliff, Josh Younger, Matt Stieger, James Marchesani, David Gleeson, Michael Choi, Jack Wilson, Andrew Martin, Adam Blyth, Marcus Both and New Zealanders Gareth Paddison and Ben Campbell will also be at St Andrews Golf Club in Henan this week.
The tournament is a new one on both schedules as the Asian Tour continues to co-sanction more events in the region.
There are two Tours running in 2018 in China, the China Golf Association Tour which has ties to the European Tour and PGA Tour China which is affiliated with the PGA TOUR in the US.
There are several Australians teeing up across both circuits this year in a bid to advance to one of the world’s top two Tours but with a card on offer to the Asian Tour for the winner this week’s event is a high stakes one also.
Campbell aside, David Gleeson and Jack Wilson bring the best form to the event, Gleeson T11 in Bangladesh while Wilson was T22 in his first 72-hole tournament as a full member.
Wilson also showed good form prior to leaving Australia with back to back pro-am victories in Western Australia.
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