Positive memories of less than 12 months ago and a solid start to 2019 have James Marchesani primed to lead the Aussie charge at this week’s Suzhou Open, the latest tournament of the PGA TOUR Series-China season.

James MarchesaniMarchesani is one of eight Aussies teeing it up at Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club with Troy Moses, Christopher Wood, Charlie Dann, Tim Stewart, Aaron Wilkin, James Grierson, Hayden Webb and New Zealand’s Sam An also in the field.

Tied for 28th in his last start at the Nantong Championship, Marchesani was also fifth at the Haikou Championship which places him in 32nd position on the Order of Merit. He can build on that with a return to the Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club where he was tied for 18th last September with rounds of 70-69-71-70.

Christopher Wood is the leading Australian on the Order of Merit coming into the Suzhou Open in 24th position, two top-10 finishes and a tie for 15th at the Nantong Championship putting him in a strong position heading into the second half of the season.

Troy Moses had to come through qualifying in order to earn a place in the field this week, his round of 3-under 67 good enough for second on Monday and his first PGA TOUR Series-China event of the year.

Moses has played twice this year on the China Tour with a best finish of tied for 10th at the Wuhan Optics Valley Open.

While the majority of the golf world’s attention is focused on the US Open this week the European Challenge Tour is in France this week for the Hauts de France - Pas de Calais Golf Open at Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club, Jordan Zunic the lone Australian in the field.