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Preview: Volvo China Open

 

No lingering Masters disappointment for Hanson

TIANJIN, China (AP) Peter Hanson says he holds no lingering disappointment from finishing third at the Masters and is keen to tee off in the China Open this week.

Hanson was the overnight leader going into the final round at Augusta National on April 8, but the Swede shot a 2-over 73 to finish tied for third.

``I am very proud of the performance,'' said Hanson, who has four top-five finishes this season. ``I have to say when I left the 18th green on Sunday I was a little bit disappointed, but that left me pretty quick.''

Englishman Ian Poulter, who finished seventh at the Masters, three shots behind Hanson, also is optimistic coming into the European Tour event at Binhai Lake Golf Club.

``I like coming out to Asia and have had some success in this part of the world,'' Poulter said. ``I get a nice reception here and have a decent fan base, which is always nice - that's why I like coming out to play.''

Also in the field are Paul Casey, the 2006 China Open winner who will look to continue his comeback from a shoulder injury; Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, who won last year at a tournament-record 24 under; and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who secured his first European Tour title at the Sicilian Open three weeks ago.

Guan Tian-lang will make history by becoming the youngest player to compete in a European Tour event at 13 years, 173 days.

``I really couldn't be happier, I'm so excited right now,'' Guan said. ``My goal now is to be the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour event, and I think if I can shoot level par or better I'll have a good chance to do that.''

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Volvo China Open field
Felipe AguilarByeong-Hun AnFredrik Andersson Hed
Kiradech AphibarnratJamie ArnoldMatthew Baldwin
Gregory BourdyGary BoydMarkus Brier
Rafael Cabrera-BelloJorge CampilloAlejandro Canizares
Paul CaseyAlexander ChenXiao-ma Chen
Jin-ho ChoiS.S.P. ChowrasiaGeorge Coetzee
Robert ColesNicolas ColsaertsNick Cullen
Shu-xing DaiRhys DaviesCarlos Del Moral
Le Jun DengRobert-Jan DerksenAndrew Dodt
Jamie DonaldsonBradley DredgeDavid Drysdale
Victor DubuissonSimon DysonJohan Edfors
Jae-Woong EomNiclas FasthKim Felton
Kenneth FerrieRichard FinchOliver Fisher
Ross FisherTommy FleetwoodOscar Floren
Mark FosterMarcus FraserTai Fu
Lorenzo GagliStephen GallacherIgnacio Garrido
Jean-Baptiste GonnetRicardo GonzalezEstanislao Goya
Branden GraceRichard GreenCui-lin Gu
Tian-lang GuanAshley HallTodd Hamilton
Chang-Won HanCraig HancockSoren Hansen
Peter HansonShao-cai HeZe-yu He
Peter HedblomMichael HendryRory Hie
Tetsuji HiratsukaMichael HoeyKeith Horne
David HorseyJian HouDavid Howell
Mu HuMing Jie HuangWen-Yi Huang
Mikko IlonenScott JamiesonRichard S. Johnson
Michael JonzonSimon KhanBio Kim
Dae-Hyun KimMeen-Whee KimSoren Kjeldsen
Wei-hai KongJbe' KrugerJose Manuel Lara
Pablo LarrazabalPaul LawriePeter Lawrie
Scott LaycockTom LewisHao-Tong Li
Wen-Chong LiangGui Ming LiaoMichael Long
Shane LowryJoost LuitenPablo Martin
Gareth MaybinRichard McEvoyDamien McGrane
Edoardo MolinariFrancesco MolinariColin Montgomerie
James MorrisonGeorge MurrayChristian Nilsson
Alexander NorenSteven O'HaraZheng Oh Yang
Thorbjorn OlesenHennie OttoZhi-jin Ou
Gareth PaddisonAndrea PavanTerry Pilkadaris
Ian PoulterJulien QuesneRichie Ramsay
Brett RumfordRicardo SantosMarcel Siem
Jeev Milkha SinghJoel SjoholmRichard Sterne
Andre StolzGraeme StormScott Strange
Dong SuAnthony SummersAaron Townsend
Chi-Huang TsaiJaco Van ZylAnthony Wall
Marc WarrenRomain WattelSteve Webster
Wei WeiPeter WhitefordDanny Willett
Oliver WilsonChris WoodA Shun Wu
Kang-chun WuWei Huang WuWill Yanagisana
Hao YuanTian YuanFabrizio Zanotti
Lian-Wei ZhangXin-Jun ZhangYi-ming Zhang
Xiong Yi ZhaoGuo-wu ZhouMatthew Zions
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10None0
TOP 25Ian Poulter (12),Peter Hanson (17)2
TOP 50Paul Lawrie (27),Francesco Molinari (29),Branden Grace (34),Nicolas Colsaerts (36),Jamie Donaldson (47),George Coetzee (49),Thorbjorn Olesen (50)7
TOP 100Alexander Noren (51),Rafael Cabrera-Bello (53),Richie Ramsay (55),Shane Lowry (57),Marcus Fraser (58),Marcel Siem (62),Simon Dyson (69),Pablo Larrazabal (78),Fredrik Andersson Hed (88),Jeev Milkha Singh (93),Danny Willett (94),Stephen Gallacher (95),Ross Fisher (99)13