|— Golfer —|
2 May 1965 |
Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)|
|Residence||Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Current tour(s)||Asian Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 2004|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
|Omega China Tour
Order of Merit winner
Zhang was the first golfer from the People's Republic of China to achieve substantial success on the international professional circuit. In January 2003 he became the first Chinese golfer to win on the European Tour, and the following year was the first to compete in the Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships.
Zhang was born in Zhuhai in Guangdong Province. The People's Republic of China's first golf course opened in 1984, and Zhang took up the game soon afterwards. He worked as a caddie and won the China Amateur Open Championship three times before turning professional in 1994.
Early in his career, Zhang won a number of smaller tournaments around Asia, in China, Malaysia and Thailand. He has competed predominantly on the Asian Tour since 1997, but has also played extensively on the Japan Golf Tour. He has also played outside Asia with limited success. However he did win a tournament in Canada in 2000.
Zhang came to global attention at the 2003 Caltex Singapore Masters, where he edged out Ernie Els with a birdie on the final hole to become the first Chinese golfer to win on the European Tour. With this victory he also became the first Chinese golfer to make the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings. As a result, in 2004 he received a special invitation to play in the Masters Tournament, becoming the first player from mainland China to compete in the tournament. His invite drew significant criticism, with many players believing that there were other Asian golfers more deserving of a place in the Augusta field.
Zhang has won a total of five tournaments on the Asian Tour, and has a best end of season ranking of 2nd on the Order of Merit, achieved in 2003. He has also won six times on the China Tour, where he topped the Order of Merit in 2006.
In 2009, while being invited to compete in the Omega European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre Switzerland, Zhang met Stéphane Barras the local club pro, who later became his coach. In February 2010 Zhang and Stéphane opened a golf training center in Haigeng, Kunming in the province of Yunnan, (the Olympic training ground of China). In April 2010, Zhang regained his title at the PGA of China and in 2011 he finishing -13 and best Chinese at the China Open co-sanctioned with European Tour, OneAsia tour and Asian Tour.
- 1989 China Amateur Open Championship
- 1991 China Amateur Open Championship
- 1994 China Amateur Open Championship
Professional wins (18)
European Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||26 Jan 2003||Caltex Masters||–10 (68-71-69-70=278)||1 stroke||Ernie Els|
Asian Tour wins (5)
- 1996 (1) Volvo Asian Matchplay
- 2001 (1) Macau Open
- 2002 (1) Macau Open
- 2003 (2) Volvo China Open, Caltex Masters (co-sanctioned by the European Tour)
Canadian Tour wins (1)
- 2000 (1) Ontario Open Heritage Classic
China Tour wins (7)
- 1995 (1) Volvo Open
- 1997 (1) Hugo Boss Open
- 2006 (2) Omega China Tour – Zhuhai, Omega China Tour – Shanghai
- 2007 (2) Omega China Tour – Qingdao, Omega China Tour – Guangzhou
- 2010 (1) China Tour – PGA Championship
Other wins (5)
- 1995 (2) Volvo Masters of Malaysia, Volvo Masters of Thailand
- 1996 (2) Volvo Masters of Malaysia, Volvo Masters of Thailand
- 1998 (1) Hong Kong PGA Championship
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- World Cup (representing China): 1995, 1996, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing China): 1998, 1999, 2000
- Dynasty Cup: 2003 (winners), 2005 (winners)
- Royal Trophy (representing Asia): 2006
- Casey, Phil (27 January 2003). "Zhang makes history as Els' quest wilts in heat". The Independent (London). Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- "Zhang invite causes upset". BBC Sport. 23 March 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- Stéphane Barras in China, Olympic Quest full story