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PGA Tour China is a China-based men's professional golf tour as part of the PGA Tour's global expansion. The tour started in 2014. After a hiatus in 2017, the tour resumed in 2018.[1][2] It is known as PGA Tour Series China. An earlier tour, the Omega China Tour, ran from 2004 to 2009.

The United States-based PGA Tour started PGA Tour China in 2014, joining PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica as international developmental tours.[3] Similar to the Canadian and Latinoamerica tours, PGA Tour China offers a path to the Web.com Tour for top finishers. It also offers Official World Golf Ranking points to the top-six finishers at each tournament. The top five finishers on the Order of Merit at season's end receive promotion to the Web.com Tour. The money leader is fully exempt, while the other four players receive conditional status. Those who place second through tenth on the Order of Merit advance to the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament's final stage. The top-50 players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season retain PGA Tour China privileges for the following year.

On 29 January 2014, PGA Tour China announced qualifying procedures and a 12-event season to begin in April. Two 72-hole qualifying tournaments were played in March. Each event awarded 20 full-time Tour cards, and conditional cards to the next 20 players plus those tied. For its inaugural season, PGA Tour China gave exemptions to the top 70 according to the China Golf Association rankings. After the 40 qualifiers and 70 from the rankings, the balance of the fields were filled through sponsor exemptions, Monday qualifiers and eligible players from the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour Canada.[4]

Zhang Lianwei, China's most successful professional golfer, hit the first tee shot in PGA Tour China history.[5] South Korean teenager Wang Jeung-hun dominated the season's first event, the Mission Hills Haikou Open, winning by what is still a tournament record 10 shots.

Teenager Li Haotong won the final two events of the 2014 season, the Hainan Open and the Tour Championship – and three tournaments overall – to capture Player of the Year honors and full access to the Web.com Tour. Li later played on the European Tour, where he was an event in 2006. Another notable winner was China's Jin Cheng, a 16-year-old amateur who came from behind on the final day of the Nine Dragons Open to pass Lucas Lee. The victory by Jin is still the only time an amateur has broken through and won. Brett Drewitt finished third on the Order of Merit and also advanced to the Web.com Tour. After two seasons on that circuit, Drewitt earned his PGA Tour card for the 2016-17 season.

In 2015, New Zealand's Josh Geary won three tournaments, matching the win total of Li. But it was Australia's Bryden Macpherson, having returned to China for the second half of the season after failing to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals, who finished atop the Order of Merit for a return trip to the Web.com Tour in 2016. Midway during the 2015 season, the series was renamed Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA Tour China Series after Ping An Bank became the tour's umbrella sponsor.

Another teenager from China dominated the third season, in 2016. Nineteen-year-old Dou Zecheng defeated Zhang Xinjun in the season-opening Henan Open, and Dou just kept winning. He eventually captured four titles, setting a record for single-season earnings CN¥1,144,350. The University of Oklahoma's Charlie Saxon won two tournaments and finished second on the Order of Merit. Dou was prominently featured in a Fortune article that appeared during the 2016 season.[6] The Tour also made history by hosting its first tournament outside of Mainland China, the Clearwater Bay Open at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong. In 2017, Dou became the first Chinese player to win on the Web.com Tour and graduated to the PGA Tour.

2019 seasonEdit

The table below shows the initial 2019 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament. The season ran separately from the 2019 China Tour.

Date Tournament Winner OWGR pts
31 Mar Chongqing Championship   Taihei Sato (1) 6
7 Apr Sanya Championship   Trevor Sluman (1) 6
14 Apr Haikou Championship   David Kocher (1) 6
12 May Beijing Championship   Richard Jung (2) 6
19 May Qinhuangdao Championship   Luke Kwon (1) 6
26 May Nantong Championship   Kevin Techakanokboon (2) 6
16 Jun Suzhou Open   Cyril Bouniol (1) 6
23 Jun Huangshan Championship   Bai Zhengkai (1) 6
21 Jul Guangzhou Open   Max McGreevy (1) 6
28 Jul Dongguan Open   Joey Lane (1) 6
15 Sep Haikou Classic   Quincy Quek (1) 6
22 Sep Zhuzhou Classic   Yeung Motin (2) 6
13 Oct Macau Championship   Justin Shin (2) 6
20 Oct Clearwater Bay Open Tournament canceled due to civil unrest[7]

Korn Ferry Tour qualifiersEdit

The top five players on the Order of Merit earned Web.com Tour cards for 2020.[8]

Rank Player Country Events Prize money (CN¥)
1 Max McGreevy   United States 13 974,153
2 Trevor Sluman   United States 13 787,865
3 David Kocher   United States 13 771,337
4 Cyril Bouniol   France 13 674,968
5 Luke Kwon   South Korea 13 668,359

2018 seasonEdit

The table below shows the 2018 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament. All tournaments except the Clearwater Bay Open had a purse of ¥1,500,000. For the Clearwater Bay Open, the purse is ¥2,000,000. The season ran separately from the 2018 China Tour.

Date Tournament Winner OWGR pts
18 Mar Chengdu Championship   Jeffrey Kang (1) 6
25 Mar Chongqing Championship   Cao Yi (1) 6
6 May Changsha Championship   Charlie Saxon (3) 6
13 May Haikou Championship   Todd Baek (2) 6
10 Jun Guilin Championship   Charlie Saxon (4) 6
17 Jun Kunming Championship   Yeung Motin (1) 6
15 Jul Yantai Championship   Joseph Winslow (1) 6
22 Jul Qingdao Championship   Yuan Yechun (1) 6
29 Jul Beijing Championship   Peter Campbell (1) 6
2 Sep Suzhou Open   Richard Jung (1) 6
9 Sep Qinhuangdao Championship   Nick Voke (1) 6
30 Sep Macau Championship   Nick Voke (2) 6
7 Oct Zhuhai Championship   Kevin Techakanokboon (1) 6
14 Oct Clearwater Bay Open   Nick Voke (3) 6

Web.com Tour qualifiersEdit

The top five players on the Order of Merit earned Web.com Tour cards for 2019.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money (CN¥)
1 Callum Tarren   England 14 1,094,600
2 Charlie Saxon   United States 14 1,092,224
3 Nick Voke   New Zealand 5 987,500
4 Yuwa Kosaihira   Japan 14 732,832
5 Todd Baek   South Korea 14 660,700

2016 seasonEdit

The table below shows the 2016 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament. All tournaments had a purse of ¥1,200,000.

Date Tournament Winner OWGR pts
15 May St. Andrews Henan Open   Dou Zecheng (1) 6
29 May United Investment Real Estate WuHan Open   Dou Zecheng (2) 6
5 Jun Cadillac Championship   Alexander Kang (1) 6
12 Jun Lanhai Open   Rohan Blizard (1) 6
26 Jun Sunning Estate Nanjing Zhongshan Open   Dou Zecheng (3) 6
3 Jul Ping An Private Bank Wanda Open   Kim Tae-woo (1) 6
4 Sep Yulongwan Yunnan Open   Dou Zecheng (4) 6
11 Sep Chongqing Jiangnan NewTown KingRun Open   Gunn Charoenkul (2) 7
18 Sep Pingan Bank Open   Charlie Saxon (1) 7
6 Nov Clearwater Bay Open   Daniel Nisbet (1) 7
13 Nov Putian Open   Kim Tae-woo (2) 7
20 Nov Zhuhai Hengqin Phoenix Tree Open   Charlie Saxon (2) 7
27 Nov Buick Open   Zhang Huilin (2) 7

Web.com Tour qualifiersEdit

The top five players on the Order of Merit earned Web.com Tour cards for 2017.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money (CN¥)
1 Dou Zecheng   China 13 1,144,350
2 Charlie Saxon   United States 13 871,395
3 Alexander Kang   United States 12 597,575
4 Kim Tae-woo   South Korea 12 578,886
5 Zhang Xinjun   China 11 504,675

2015 seasonEdit

The table below shows the initial 2015 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament. All tournaments had a purse of ¥1,200,000.

Date Tournament Winner OWGR pts
5 Apr Buick Open   Josh Geary (1) 6
17 May Eternal Courtyard Open   Chan Shih-chang (1) 6
24 May United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open   Justin Shin (1) 6
31 May Lanhai Open   Josh Geary (2) 6
13 Sep Pingan Bank Open   Eugene Wong (1) 6
27 Sep Cadillac Championship   Bryden Macpherson (1) 6
4 Oct Yulongwan Yunnan Open   Josh Geary (3) 6
11 Oct Lushan Open   Bryden Macpherson (2) 6
18 Oct Chongqing Jiangnan NewTown KingRun Open   Zhang Xinjun (2) 6
22 Nov Nine Dragons Open   Chao Haimeng (1) 6
29 Nov Hainan Open   Zhang Huilin (1) 6
6 Dec Capital Airline – HNA Real Estate Championship   He Zeyu (1) 7

Web.com Tour qualifiersEdit

The top five players on the Order of Merit earned Web.com Tour cards for 2016.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money (CN¥)
1 Bryden Macpherson   Australia 8 769,960
2 Josh Geary   New Zealand 9 747,230
3 Zhang Xinjun   China 12 545,046
4 Dou Zecheng   China 12 483,813
5 Eugene Wong   Canada 11 454,768

2014 seasonEdit

The table below shows the initial 2014 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament. All tournaments had a purse of ¥1,200,000.

Date Tournament Winner OWGR pts
20 Apr Mission Hills Haikou Open   Wang Jeung-hun (1) 6
4 May Buick Open   Sam Chien (1) 6
18 May United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open   Brett Drewitt (1) 6
8 Jun Lanhai Open   David McKenzie (1) 6
15 Jun Earls Beijing Open   Zhang Xinjun (1) 6
10 Aug Yulongwan Yunnan Open   Gunn Charoenkul (1) 6
7 Sep Chateau Junding Penglai Open   Todd Baek (1) 6
14 Sep Cadillac Championship   David McKenzie (2) 6
28 Sep Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open   Li Haotong (1) 6
16 Nov Nine Dragons Open   Jin Cheng (a, 1) 6
23 Nov Hainan Open   Li Haotong (2) 6
30 Nov CTS Tycoon Championship   Li Haotong (3) 6

Web.com Tour qualifiersEdit

The top five players on the Order of Merit earned Web.com Tour cards for 2015.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money (CN¥)
1 Li Haotong   China 12 967,788
2 Zhang Xinjun   China 8 650,600
3 Brett Drewitt   Australia 12 585,196
4 Sam Chien   United States 12 573,951
5 Todd Baek   South Korea 11 535,920

Source[9]

Order of Merit winnersEdit

Year Winner Earnings (¥)
2018   Callum Tarren 1,094,600
2016   Dou Zecheng 1,144,350
2015   Bryden Macpherson 769,960
2014   Li Haotong 967,788

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PGA Tour's China Series delayed due to issues". ESPN. Associated Press. 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ "PGA Tour China ready to launch in 2018". PGA Tour. 24 October 2017.
  3. ^ "PGA Tour to be part of new circuit in China". Golf Channel. 3 November 2013.
  4. ^ "China Tour-PGA Tour China Series Announces First Portion of 2014 Schedule and Two Qualifying Sites". PGA Tour China. 29 January 2014.
  5. ^ Livsey, Laury (17 April 2014). "Zhang Makes History by Hitting First Tee Shot on PGA Tour China Series". PGA Tour.
  6. ^ "The PGA Tour Sells Golf to China". Fortune. 25 October 2016.
  7. ^ "PGA Tour cancels China Series' Hong Kong event". ESPN. Associated Press. 23 September 2019.
  8. ^ "McGreevy takes Order of Merit title as four others will join him on 2020 Korn Ferry Tour". PGA Tour Series–China. 14 October 2019.
  9. ^ 2014 PGA Tour China Order or Merit

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