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Lin finishes in world top-50 to earn place in US Masters

AFP , SENTOSA, SINGAPORE

Lin Wen-tang was over the moon after becoming the first Taiwanese player in 20 years to earn a place in the prestigious US Masters tournament that will take place next April.

The Asian Tour standout moved up to 49th position on the final official world golf rankings following his tied sixth finish at the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok to seal his maiden Major appearance.

“I’m very happy. My friends told me that the last Chinese Taipei golfer to play at the Masters was over 20 years ago and I’m glad that I have earned my place,” Lin said yesterday.

“I’ve watched the Masters on TV for so many years, especially when I was growing up and I’ve always been in awe of Augusta National Golf Club. The greens are very undulating and I am looking forward to playing at the golf course,” 34-year-old Lin said.

Chen Tze-chung was the last Taiwanese player to feature at the Masters in 1989.

Lin’s rise into the world’s top-50 followed his career-best year on the Asian Tour where he finished second on the Order of Merit.

Lin won twice, including the UBS Hong Kong Open last month, and posted seven other top-10 finishes.

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