Volvo China Open – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

Genzon GC in Shenzhen, China
Used in 2014 China Open and Shenzhen International from 2015 thru 2017

7,145 yards – Par 72 – Paspalum Greens
Fairways and Rough: Paspalum
Architect: Neil Haworth (1995)
Location: Southeast China, mainland, 8 miles from the coast.
Water Hazards: Lots
Style: Hilly, tree-line
Field Scoring: 72.7 during last four held at Genzon GC

Important Interview Quotes

MATTHEW SOUTHGATE: It took a few days to adjust to how far the ball was going and there are quite a few greens which are firm, so sometimes you get bounce and then you don’t get a bounce. I think the first three rounds just helped me gauge the distance a bit better. I hit so many shots to six or seven feet and then from there you’ve got a chance of making birdies. -2017 Shenzhen

RICHIE RAMSAY: I played very solid. I hit 17 greens and had lots and lots of chances so four under is nice, sitting tucked in behind a few guys looking good for the weekend. For some reason I tend to play well in China, I enjoy coming out here, it’s just somewhere that I feel like I play good golf. There is definitely a lot of competition around me but this is what I play for, to get in this position for the weekend. -2017 Shenzhen

ALEXANDER LEVY: For me it is always nice to come back to China. It was my first European Tour win and whenever you speak to a player about their memories of golf tournaments and big occasions, you always remember your first victory. I can still remember the holes I scored well on for my course record 62.

This golf course really suits my game – it is open from the tee and has soft greens, so it’s more like target golf, which for me is how I like to play golf. This week in Shenzhen, we always go back to the Japanese restaurant at our hotel. It is really nice and one of my favourite places here, so I was there last night straight after my flight. -2017 Shenzhen

EDOARDO MOLINARI: It is a great golf course. There is a lot of water on the back nine, all of the par fives are quite challenging but fun because you can get but there are dangers. It is a golf course I quite like and I have played good in the past so I am looking forward to this week. -2017 Shenzhen

FABRIZIO ZANOTTI: It is a nice golf course, you have to hit really straight and I think the important thing here is you have to hole putts because everybody is going to be around the greens. -2017 Shenzhen

THONGCHAI JAIDEE: It’s not much different in Thailand, it’s the same grass and same weather, so I think I will really enjoy the tournament here. -2017 Shenzhen

BERND WIESBERGER: Last year I actually struggled, I didn’t hit it very well so it was nice to know that I could score around the course when I wasn’t really on it. But I had two good years, so when you look at the schedule this is a course I really like so I was always looking forward to coming back.

I do like the course, the two nines are very different – the front nine you hit one driver and then on the back nine there is a lot of water on it but you hit a lot of drivers as well, so those two play different.

It’s a bit firmer this year so you can run out a bit more, but the fairways are quite wide and forgiving, usually the last few years it’s on the greens that stop people scoring, they are quite tricky with subtle breaks that are hard to read and that’s been the hardest part of the course. -2017 Shenzhen

ALEXANDER LEVY: I have some very good memories here and it’s always nice to play this golf course when you have your first win. -2016 Shenzhen

SOOMIN LEE: I think this course seems like Malaysia, good for me. Small greens, narrow greens and heavy rough. I just tried to keep in the fairway and greens and then completed some putts.

I feel this course is good for me because of the soft greens and then heavy rough. I like heavy rough so that’s good for me. -2016 Shenzhen

BUBBA WATSON: I played all 18 holes yesterday, and I have to say, the second is one of the tightest holes I’ve seen with the trees.

Off the tee, this golf course is very demanding. You need to position it in the right spots, and then the greens are going to be tricky because of the undulation – it’s about green speed. -2015 Shenzhen

ALEXANDER LEVY: The key to this course is off the tee. If you drive the ball straight and also long, then you can score well. That was the main reason for my win here last year, and hopefully I can have the same strategy and result this year. -2015 Shenzhen

JASON DUFNER: I am excited to be here for my first Volvo China Open. The golf course looks great and it’s quite tight off the tees which I like. I haven’t really touched a club since the Masters because I needed some time off so it will be good to get some competitive golf under my belt again. -2014

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