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China's star golfer Yin prepared for her Olympic journey

By Al Campbell

VANCOUVER, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — Currently ranked as China’s No. 1 feminine golfer, Yin Ruoning voiced her anticipation on Wednesday about representing her nation on the Paris Olympics subsequent yr.

“The Olympics is the tournament I most want to play,” stated the 20-year-old Shanghai native at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club forward of the Thursday begin of the CKPC Women’s Open, Canada’s nationwide championship.

“The Olympics are such a great honor to represent your country, so I’ll keep working on my game. I’m looking forward to competing,” Yin added.

Fifth within the Rolex World Rankings, Yin’s second yr on the LPGA Tour has been distinctive, making her third on the cash record whereas nonetheless being acknowledged as a ‘rookie’.

Earlier this yr in March, she achieved her first U.S. victory on the Dio Implant LA Open and later gained the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June. Her win positioned her because the second Chinese participant to grab a serious championship, a feat first achieved by former world No. 1 Feng Shanshan in 2012.

“It’s pretty amazing, but I’m not surprised at all. At the end of last year I just had a meeting with my team. We set a goal this year, just win two or three tournaments, win a major,” Yin recounted, highlighting her triumphant begin as a professional in 2020 on the China LPGA Tour.

“Before I only played a fade, so now I can play both ways. I think that gives me more choice to hit a tee shot, an approach shot.”

Lin Xiyu, who has skilled two Olympics alongside Feng, the bronze medalist on the 2016 Rio Games, is prone to be a mainstay on the Chinese group. The 27-year-old from Guangzhou has been taking part in a few of her finest golf since her participation within the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, the place she tied for ninth.

“It was a quick turnaround since Tokyo when the Olympics was postponed. It’s crazy to think that it’s really around the corner with the next Olympics less than a year away,” famous Lin.

Having gained the Women’s China Open in 2019, Lin’s efficiency continues to be spectacular. She managed three second-place finishes final season, and this yr, she has landed within the top-four or higher on a number of events, nonetheless in pursuit of her first LPGA Tour victory.

“It’s been close for the last two seasons. It’s unfortunate that I haven’t got the win but I think finishing top-10 frequently is another accomplishment too. So I’m pretty happy with that,” Lin stated.

With upcoming abilities like Liu Yu, Liu Yan, Liu Ruixin, and Zhang Weiwei making their presence felt on each the LPGA and Epson Tour circuits, Lin finds it to be an exhilarating time for Chinese girls’s golf, notably with Yin’s main championship win including to the momentum.

“It doesn’t surprise me. After Shanshan’s win, we already see the possibilities for a Chinese to win a major. Everybody’s eyes are wide open to that. But I think Ruoning brings a little different spirit because she is so young, she’s very aggressive. The way she plays golf is slightly different than Shanshan, or I would say even myself, so of course I am going to learn some from her golf,” Lin remarked.