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2007 Qingdao

Qingdao, Day 4: Personal best

Zhou Xun Shu had some minor regrets after his 3-over 75 on Sunday during the final round of the Qingdao Leg of the China Tour, but was beaming with pride after learning that his cumulative score of 301 (13-over par) was good enough for 12th place in the tournament. The finish eclipsed Zhou’s previous personal best — 21st in Beijing last year — by a large margin … and also earned him RMB 12,300 (before tax). That paycheck actually represents a profit for Zhou, who estimates he lost RMB 20,000 playing on the China Tour in 2006. He’ll put his winnings from Qingdao toward purchasing an apartment in Chongqing, which he plans to do this summer.

“This was a big step in my career,” Zhou said, sipping — what else? — a cold can of Tsingtao beer. “I want to finish in the top-12 on the money list this season.”

Despite a 6-over effort on Sunday, Zhang Lianwei captured the tournament title by two strokes over Li Chao, Wu Weihuang and Chen Xiaoma. Complete results here. Final leaderboard here.

Zhou travels to Beijing on Monday for a China Unicom tournament at Tian’an Golf Club with total prize money of US$200,000, double what is available at China Tour events.

Qingdao, Day 3: Within striking distance

Zhou Xun Shu - Qingdao

Zhou Xun Shu shot an even-par 72 on Saturday — the third best score of the day — and climbed in to the top 20 after three rounds at the Qingdao Leg of the China Tour at Qingdao Huashan Golf Club. Zhou currently sits at 10-over for the tournament, tied for 17th, and is just two strokes out of the top 10. Zhou’s previous best finish on the China Tour was 21st at the 2006 Omega Championship in Beijing last October.

“I felt much better today than I did Thursday and Friday,” said Zhou, who was 2-under after the front nine, but then bogeyed No. 10 and No. 11. “I think I found my rhythm. If I don’t make any big mistakes tomorrow, I could crack the top 10.”

Zhang Lianwei, despite consuming large amounts of alcohol at his 42nd birthday bash Friday night, shot a 1-over 73 and extended his tournament lead to four strokes.

View the leaderboard here.

Photo by Zhang Jian.