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Ye returns to support local event

YE Liying will be looking for a successful debut in her maiden China LPGA Tour appearance when she tees off at the US$50,000 Orient Ningbo Championship in Zhejiang Province.

The 30-year-old Fujian native comes into the fourth leg of the inaugural China LPGA Tour season on the back of a strong first half on the Japan LPGA Tour where she posted five top-10 finishes to sit 18th on the Order of Merit with 20,059,000 yen (US$211,035) in earnings.

"Every player should support her home tour if she has time. It's her responsibility, even if she plays overseas. The CLPGA Tour needs our support," said Ye after a practice round yesterday.

"I'm free this week and happy to join the field in Ningbo. I want to enjoy my home event. I haven't seen my best friends for half a year, and missed them more than I can say. I am here to share my joy with them."

Ye, a four-time winner in China last year, demonstrated last month that she is a player to watch when she posted her best result in Japan with a runner-up finish at the Suntory Open in Kobe. Despite the strong performance, she was reluctant to predict when she would break through and win overseas.

"It's not under my control. I can't say when or where. I have to keep going and hopefully it's going to come my way. There's always intense competition in Japan. If you stop working hard you might lose your card next year. Every year many fresh faces get through at Q-School. They are hungry. It's good for the players and Tour because of the deep field.

"I believe in our (Chinese) players' capabilities. If anything, I think what they are missing is experience."


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