His victory moves him alongside countryman Ashun Wu as China's most prominent winners on the European Tour and catapults him from 84th to second place in the Race to Dubai Rankings behind England’s Tommy Fleetwood.
And now the 22-year-old, who also became the first Chinese player to break into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is hoping he can maintain his fine form at Saujana Golf and Country Club, where he recorded a top-five finish 12 months ago.
“I think my game is pretty solid, and I’m putting very well,” Li said. “This week I will just try to save some energy for the week and hopefully play well and enjoy the pressure.
“It’s been really good, especially this course, if you put the ball on the fairway all the time, you are going to make a lot of birdies.”
Another player coming into the event in excellent form is France's Alex Levy, who finished fourth in Dubai, having been seventh in Abu Dhabi a week earlier. Levy was also a member of Europe's victorious team in the EurAsia Cup. The ever-consistent 27-year-old has only missed two cuts in the last 12 months on the European Tour and hopes to keep his good run going.
He will be joined in the field by Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who finished third at the event in 2017, and world No. 12 Henrik Stenson.