Ryder Cup Captain Scouts Future Shanghai Stars
Thomas Bjorn, captain of Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup, is in Shanghai this week for the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions. He took a break from monitoring European golfing talent to do some talent spotting of a different kind as he hosted a golf clinic for elite junior Chinese golfers.
Bjorn was joined by Wu Ashun, long term ambassador for Chinese golf, as the pair offered unique insights and tips on what it takes to become one of golf’s superheroes. Ashun is competing at WGC-HSBC Champions this week for the 9th time.
Thomas Bjorn said after the clinic: “The growth of golf in China has been truly astonishing. You only have to look at where Chinese golf was 10 years ago and where it is today to see that China is without doubt an emerging golfing superpower. It was a great pleasure to be a part of supporting the next generation of golfers at today’s clinic.”
Local golfing star Wu Ashun added: “The impact of the WGC-HSBC Champions cannot be underestimated in terms of allowing Chinese players to compete against the very best, and introducing a new generation of young fans to the game. I am certain that without WGC-HSBC Champions and all of the programmes taking place around it, we would not have seen such levels of growth”
The clinic was part of tournament sponsor HSBC’s long term commitment to help grow the game by investing in golf at all levels. HSBC continues to support the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program – a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built.