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  • Wednesday 02, December 2020
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Li Haotong first Chinese to crack golf’s top 50

Li Haotong first Chinese to crack golf’s top 50

SHANGHAI: Emerging star Li Haotong wrote his name in the history books and underlined his prodigious talent as he became the first Chinese men’s golfer to claim a spot in the world top 50.

Li surged from 60th to 32nd in the rankings thanks to a thrilling victory at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday and highlights China’s growing prowess in a sport that was banned under Mao Zedong because he considered it too bourgeois.

The European Tour said Li was the youngest player inside the top 50 and the 22-year-old now has his sights set on April’s Masters after qualifying with his impressive third-place finish at last year’s British Open.Li upstaged four-time major winner Rory McIlroy in Dubai for his second European Tour title — his maiden win was on home soil in the 2016 China Open.