The 35-year-old will be the first mainland Chinese to play in
all four majors after posting a second round five-under-par 66
at the Nara International Golf Club to secure his spot at the
June 12-15 tournament at Pinehurst.
Liang was the first golfer from his country to play in the PGA
Championship in 2007, the first to make the cut at a major when
he got through to the weekend at the 2008 British Open and also
played the U.S. Masters on an invitation that same year.
With India's Shiv Kapur also grabbing a spot at Pinehurst
through European qualifying, organisers can expect bumper TV
audiences on the world's most populous continent.
South Korean Lee Kyoung-Hoon, American David Oh as well as
Japanese players Kiyoshi Miyazato, Toru Taniguchi, Azuma Yano
also secured a ticket to North Carolina through the Japan
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Ian Ransom)
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