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Xiyu Lin

Who is Xiyu Lin?

She’s a Chinese golfing sensation, but who is Xiyu Lin? Find out more on Lin with our player profile…

 

Xiyu Lin is one of the players at the forefront of Chinese golf. She has wins on the Ladies European Tour and major top-ten finishes.

Lin was born in February 1996 in Guangzhou, China, and began playing the sport at the age of 7. Within just a few years, it was already clear that she would be a great talent, and she made her first appearance for the Chinese national team at the age of just 13. Only two years later, Lin turned professional. 

She was only 16 when she claimed her first professional title, at the Tian Jing Challenge on the LPGA Tour of China. Lin has nine professional titles, including three on the Ladies European Tour. Her biggest win to date came in October 2023, as she won a shortened Aramco Team Series – Hong Kong, beating South Korea’s Jin Young Ko in a play-off.

She has represented her country on the biggest of stages during her fledgling career so far. After first appearing at the age of 13, the Chinese golfer has gone on to play for her country at the Asian Games and Olympic Games. She won a Silver Medal in the Women’s Team competition at the 2010 Asian Games (at the age of 14), and has featured at both the Rio and Tokyo Olympics, with a top-ten finish at the latter. 

Xiyu Lin | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Xiyu Lin
Born: February 25, 1996
Nationality: China
Residence: Guangzhou, China

Career

Turned Pro: 2011
Professional Wins: 9
Highest World Ranking: 9 – June 25, 2023

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Chevron Championship – T13 (2024)
– Women’s PGA Championship – T3 (2023)
US Women’s Open – T7 (2021)
– Amundi Evian Championship – T29 (2015)
– AIG Women’s Open – T17 (2013)

Professional Wins – 9

2012 (2) – Tian Jing Challenge, Srixon XXIO Ladies Open
2013 (1) – Sanya’s Hills Ladies Classic
2014 (2) – Sanya’s Hills Ladies Classic, Sanya Ladies Open
2015 (1) – Sanya Ladies Open
2018 (1) – ALPG Ballarat Icons Pro Am
2019 (1) – Macalline Women’s China Open
2023 (1) – Aramco Team Series – Hong Kong

Achievements and Awards

Asian Games Women’s Team Silver Medal – 2010
LPGA Tour of China Order of Merit – 2014

Xiyu Lin | What’s In Her Bag?

Xiyu Lin uses mainly Callaway clubs, including the Paradym driver and fairway woods. A set of Apex irons and Mack Daddy wedges are also in the bag, while the Chinese golfer uses Bridgestone balls. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Xiyu Lin

When and where was Xiyu Lin born?

Xiyu Lin was born in Guangzhou, China in February 1996, and she started playing golf at the age of eight thanks to her father’s influence. 

When did Xiyu Lin turn professional?

Xiyu Lin turned professional in 2011 at the age of just 15! She has gone on to be a star on the LPGA Tour of China, along with featuring on both the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour. 

How many professional titles has Xiyu Lin won?

As of March 2024, Xiyu Lin is a nine-time winner as a professional. Three of those have come on the Ladies European Tour, with her most recent win at the Aramco Team Series – Hong Kong being the biggest of her career to date. 

Did you Know?

Chinese Olympian

Lin has featured at the Olympic Games twice – in both Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. She finished in 38th in her first appearance, improving to make the top ten in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. 

National Team at 13

Incredibly, Lin made her first appearance for her country at just 13 years of age. It would only be another two years before she turned professional. 

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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