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Lin Braces For Big Test

LIN Wen-tang wants to make a name for himself globally and knows the best way of achieving his goal is to conjure a magical run at this week's US$8 million WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Lin, who finished second on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit last season, will become the first man from Chinese Taipei to play in the elite 64-man tournament.

"Everyone has told me that this is a big event in America and I hope to play well. I want to show to the people what I'm capable of," said Lin.

The 34-year-old enjoyed his career year with two victories at the Asian Tour International in Thailand and the Hong Kong Open in 2008, rising to 49th place in the world ranking.

It was in Hong Kong that he pulled off what was the shot of the year when he hit an amazing recovery shot high over trees for a tap-in birdie which kept him in a playoff against Irish teenager Rory McIlroy.

The ever-smiling Lin enjoys head-to-head showdowns and is relishing the prospect of a good run in the Match Play.

"I won a local match play tournament a few years ago where I won five matches. I enjoy match play as you're playing against another player and not the golf course. I hope to win a few matches," he said.


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