PGA TOUR Series-China History

On April 17, 2014, Lianwei Zhang made history when the China-born player, acknowledged as the first native of the country to enjoy prominent success as a professional golfer, hit the first tee shot in Ping An Bank China Tour - PGA TOUR China Series’ history. He knocked his tee shot at Mission Hills Golf Club’s Sandbelt Trails Course straight down the middle of the fairway.

Zhang was first off the tee at the Mission Hills Haikou Open, the Series’ inaugural event, a fitting tribute to a pioneer of golf in China and the winner of 17 career titles, including the European Tour-Asian Tour co-sanctioned Caltex Masters in 2003.

South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang went on to win the Mission Hills Haikou Open, with 11 tournaments contested throughout China following in the Series’ first year.

China’s Haotong Li had a strong finish to his season, winning the final two tournaments—and three overall—to complete the year atop the Order of Merit and earn Player of the Year honors. By virtue of his Order of Merit performance, Li earned fully exempt status on the 2015 Tour.

In 2015, Australia's Bryden Macpherson won the Cadillac Championship and Lushan Open and had six top-10 finishes to capture Player of the Year honors and earned first place on the Order of Merit.

In 2016, China’s Zecheng Dou was completely dominant, winning the first tournament of the year and never relinquishing the money lead at any point during the season. The 19-year-old won three additional tournaments to set an all-time victories mark as he joined Li as the second teenager from China to capture Player of the Year honors.

The Series was not held in 2017.

In 2018, PGA TOUR Series-China will play its fourth season, offering a 14-tournament schedule with 13 tournaments in China and the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong.