On October 23, Beijing time, when Liu Wenbo and Zhang Weiwei competed for the championship of the Beijing Pearl Challenge, many people may have forgotten that there is another player in the leading group called Zhang Jingwen.
The 19-year-old girl from Zhengzhou, Henan performed well in her teenage years, but since she became a professional in 2018, she has not made much noise. In addition, at the beginning of the day, she was 3 shots away from the two tied leaders, and it is understandable why she was ignored.
But when the competition was fierce, she also created her own moment. On the 14th hole, par 5, she won the first birdie of the day with all her pushes. On the 17th hole, par three, although the distance she left for the tee was the farthest one in the leading group and was on the green ring 30 feet away, she was the first to put the ball into the hole and catch the small Bird, created pressure on two players in the same group. On the 18th hole, par 5, she hit 3 feet from the flagpole at 50 degrees from 99 yards, leaving a dead bird, which also attracted applause from the audience.
Zhang Jingwen shot 74, three rounds of 221 (74-73-74), 5 above the par, alone in fifth. This is the first time Zhang Jingwen has reached the top ten on the Women's Chinese Tour.
“I’m not satisfied with the game today, but I think it’s normal, because I don’t have any expectations for my performance today. The main thing is to learn and feel the atmosphere of the championship team,” Zhang Jingwen said, “What’s the game today? All are acceptable, but the front is still a bit messy, mainly because I didn't play well enough, but as I said, any result is acceptable."
Zhang Jingwen thinks that the front side did not play well, and he didn't start to catch birds until the last five holes, because psychological factors were still at work. "It's mainly psychological. The first two days were considered stable, and there are some unstable places today." She said, "Maybe there are audiences today. My thoughts are a bit scattered and I can't focus on the ball."
Obviously, Zhang Jingwen's two players in the same group are very strong. Zhang Weiwei bounced back from a four-bogey on the third hole, caught up from five strokes behind to one stroke, and finally finished runner-up by one stroke.
Liu Wenbo was not soft in the pursuit of Zhang Weiwei. He caught two key birdies on the back nine holes and won his second victory in the women's middle tour.
In addition to psychological aspects, Zhang Jingwen also saw the skills of two players in the same group.
"Their basic skills are very good. Obviously their basic skills are not enough," she said. "Usually I don't like watching the players in the same group play, but today I watched them play.
"The main difference is the distance. I don't have a solid shot from them. Sometimes they are 40 yards away from me, sometimes 20 yards away from me, depending on the situation of each hole, they should be far away."
Now that the gap has been found, Zhang Jingwen has at least a direction to work hard. She is now 19 years old and definitely still has time to improve herself.
She said that she has not set particularly ambitious goals, and will take it step by step. For the time being, she will focus on the women's day tour.