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2007 BMW Asian OpenSHANGHAI, China - The field at this year's Asian Open includes four major champions, an eight-time Order of Merit champion, and a handful of European Ryder Cuppers.
It also features the most successful Chinese golfer ever, and he's far from intimidated.
'I have played against the likes of Ernie Els and John Daly before, and I have beaten them before,' said Lian-Wei Zhang, who became the first Chinese player to win on the European Tour when he claimed the Singapore Masters.
Zhang will anchor the Chinese contingent at this year's Asian Open -- along with this year's Singapore Masters winner, Liang Wen-Chong -- and he's looking forward to bettering his best-ever finish at the event, a tie for fifth place in 2004.
'I am very familiar with the players, the course and I believe this year I could do better,' he said.
The field that stands in his way includes major winners Retief Goosen, Els, Daly and Paul Lawrie as well as Colin Montgomerie, the eight-time Order of Merit winner, and fellow former European Ryder Cuppers Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Last year, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano beat Henrik Stenson in a playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole. Fernandez-Castano will be back to defend his title.
The European Tour is in China for the second week in a row before heading back to Europe. Last week's winner at the Volvo China Open, Markus Brier, will also be in the field.
The GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage of all four rounds. Next week's tournament is the Open de Espana, where Niclas Fasth birdied the fourth sudden-death playoff hole to beat John Bickerton last year.
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