Australian Rebecca Artis claimed her first LET victory at last year’s Helsingborg Open in Sweden and is targeting a second title this season. Here, she looks ahead to the World Ladies Championship in China and discusses her hopes for the year.
You have played at Mission Hills Haikou before. How excited are you to be going back?
Yes, I’m very excited, it's a great tournament, a great venue, we get very well looked after and I enjoy playing the golf course.
How excited are you to be returning to China?
I really enjoy China; I love experiencing different cultures!
What are your impressions of Mission Hills Resort Haikou?
It's a fantastic resort, rooms and facilities are perfect.
What is special about this venue?
All the facilities are so close and 5 star!
How does this compare with the other venues on tour?
The venue is up there with the best courses and hotels we stay in all year.
What do you think of the Chinese food?
I’m a little reserved and not to out there when it comes to exploring new foods. I’m a very basic eater, quiet fussy really.
What do you think of the unique 3-in-1 pro, team and amateur format?
I love the idea of a team format being played in conjunction with the individual event especially it being able to represent your country.
What are your personal goals for the tournament?
To be in contention come the final day!
Do you feel your game is good enough to win?
How do you feel about your start to the season?
I haven't necessarily played as well as I would have like during the Australian summer, but will continue to work hard on my game.
What are your general goals for this year?
Get inside the top 100 on the Women’s Rolex World Rankings and win again on the LET.
How have you been preparing for the WLC at Mission Hills and how are you approaching the new season?
I have had great preparation for the WLC at Mission Hills as I have just come off seven weeks of golf during the Australian summer! I’m really looking forward to the 2014 season, with my main focus being short game.
Do you have any new hobbies or have you done anything particularly interesting or noteworthy over the off-season or last few weeks?
I was able to go home to my hometown of Coonabarabran and spend Christmas with my family and spend plenty of time with my niece and nephew!