Wiesberger eyes China repeat

24 April 2018 12:22:06 EST

Bernd Wiesberger says he feels like the defending champion heading into this week's Volvo China Open.

The Austrian won last year's Shenzhen International but with that event not on the 2018 European Tour schedule, he is treating his latest trip to China like he is the man to beat.

Weinberger finished fourth in last season's tournament at Topwin Golf and Country Club, with Sunday's champion in Morocco, Alexander Levy taking the honours on that occasion.

Levy is another who will be making the trip to Beijing and is 10/1 to successfully defend, with home favourite and 2016 winner Haotong Li 14/1 and Thaliand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat 16/1.

I love coming to China. I love playing here.

Bernd Wiesberger

Four-time European Tour winner Weinberger is 18/1 to triumph this week and admits he is relishing the opportunity to play in China again.

The 32-year-old comes into the event after tying for 24th at The Masters, with his best finish in 2018 a joint-15th in Abu Dhabi.

With the Ryder Cup on the horizon, a win would be timely for the Viennese star and he admits he feels like he is carrying some extra expectation this week on the outskirts of the Chinese capital.

"I love coming back over here," he said. "I feel like it is a defence for me this week.

"I love coming to China. I love playing here. I've always played well and I'm also looking forward to this week.

"Obviously I came off a high from winning Shenzhen and I think I finished fourth or fifth last year, so played well. It's a course that I like."

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