Shin’s parents support Yantai Championship quest
July 10, 2018
By PGA TOUR Series-China Communications
- July 10, 2018
- With his parents on site, Canada's Justin Shin is looking for his second career PGA TOUR Series-China win this week at the Yantai Championship. (PGA TOUR Series-China/Zhuang Liu)
YANTAI, China — Canada’s Justin Shin starts this week’s Yantai Championship at Yantai Nanshan Mashanzai Golf Club with high hopes of a second career victory on the PGA TOUR Series-China. This week, his parents are on hand to watch, having traveled from South Korea to see him play for the first time in six years.
Currently ninth on the Order of Merit, Shin is hoping a first win since 2015 will boost his bid to finish in the top five on this year’s Order of Merit and secure status for next year’s Web.com Tour. In 2016, Shin came close, finishing sixth in the 2015 and ninth in 2016. Both years he was able to play in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament finals, some consoloation.
Shin, a New Mexico State product based in South Korea when not playing tournaments. He’s happy to be back in action, with a small group of fans following his every move.
“Yantai is pretty close to Korea, so I thought it would be a lot of fun to bring my parents here for the tournament,” said Shin, who won the Tour’s United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open in May 2015. “They haven’t seen me (play) since turning pro, so it’s exciting, and a win would just be a huge bonus.”
Shin is confident about his game after recording two top-five finishes before missing the cut at the Kunming Championship last month. He is hoping for a victory at the Ian Woosnam-designed course that plays along the Shandong coastline.
“I’m feeling good. I had a bad week at Kunming, but it was actually good for me to trim out my swing and get it back to where it was. I made some little fixes, and everything is back on track. The swing is looking good, and I’m feeling good,” said Shin, who has his eyes firmly fixed on the coastal-themed trophy.
“I’ve seen the trophy in the clubhouse, and it looks like a nice one. It’s a cutie, so I really want to take that. I just want to play good golf out there and hopefully everything follows.”
Hong Kong’s Motin Yeung is among the favorites after a breakthrough victory in Kunming, where he won a three-way playoff against England’s Callum Tarren and American Joseph Gunerman for his first professional title and full Series membership that came with the win.
Originally from Beijing, the 24-year-old Duke University graduate is now playing some of the best golf of his career. Yeung plans to remain grounded as he competes in his first event as a card-carrying member, having previously relied on Monday qualifiers, top-20 finishes in previous events or sponsor invites.
“I’m feeling good, but I try not to think too much about the win because it’s already over; it’s in the past. This is a new week, so I try to face every week with the same attitude,” said Yeung, the latest player bidding to become the Tour’s first back-to-back winner since Zecheng “Marty” Dou in 2016.
“Honestly, to win you need a little bit of luck—it’s everything coming together. I just want to do the best that I can, and if I win, I win, but if I don’t, I’m still happy about my game.”
Italy’s Aron Zemmer, 14th on the Order of Merit, is also eager for a good result after tying for eighth in Kunming and gaining experience during the off weeks, finishing second individually and with his team at the recent Mediterranean Games in Spain.
“The Mediterranean Games are like a smaller version of the Olympic Games. It’s really nice, and the atmosphere is great. There are other athletes and you get to watch other sports, so it’s pretty inspiring,” said Zemmer, who on Tuesday teamed up with China’s Xuewen Luo to win a dumpling-making contest organized by the Tour. “Sooner or later, you hope to get the win. You have to keep doing what you’re doing and then at the end of the week, you see what comes out.”