Jung takes winning mentality into Qinhuangdao Championship
September 05, 2018
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- September 05, 2018
- (From left), China’s Meng Wen and Jin Zhang join Canada’s Richard Jung and England’s William Harrold on the clubhouse steps at the Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club, site of this week’s Qinhuangdao Championship. (PGA TOUR Series-China/Zhuang Liu)
QINHUANGDAO, China—Canada’s Richard Jung starts this week’s RMB 1.5 million Qinhuangdao Championship with a new quest to finish in the top-five of the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit following his breakthrough victory at last week’s Suzhou Open.
Jung, 25, will play with American Sam Chien and England’s Michael Skelton in the first two rounds at Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club, boosted by last Sunday’s RMB 270,000 winner’s check that propelled him to eighth on the Order of Merit and gave him thoughts of moving into the top five before season’s end with four events remaining on the schedule.
A week after his sights were set on more modest targets, the South Korea-born Canadian is now focused on securing a spot on next year’s Web.com Tour, available to the top-five money-winners. He is RMB 105,660 behind Hong Kong’s Motin Yeung, who holds down the fifth position.
“Before last week, I just wanted to get into top 25 and play Web.com Tour second stage qualifying, but since I’m right up there, my goal has changed to top five and hopefully (I can) give myself some starts on the Web and then climb up [to the PGA TOUR],” said Jung, who believes the Poly Golf Club layout suits his game.
“I think it’s a really good course. It’s more position golf this week, which is good for me because I’m really confident in my wedges at the moment.”
Before his win in Suzhou, Jung was making swing changes with his coach in South Korea, alterations he believes will lead to him winning again with a game suited to competing with the Tour’s higher-ranked players.
“I think my technique is ready to play with the big boys, but I think I still need to tweak some things in my head mentally and be more confident about my game,” said Jung.
“Hopefully I’ll get more wins before the season ends, but winning is hard. I won last week, but I definitely learned a lot. I learned how to control myself down the stretch and how to make proper decisions in crucial times.”
England’s William Harrold is ninth on the Order of Merit, one spot behind Jung, and the 30-year-old Englishman is hoping to finish the season as well as he started, having finished runner-up in the opening two events, in Chengdu and Chongqing.
“My game’s been good, and I’m hoping to get a good result here. I just need to enjoy myself and hopefully I can get a good result like I did at the start of the year when I wasn’t worried about anything,” said Harrold, who believes his best is yet to come. “The fire hasn’t been lit yet.”