Name: PGA TOUR Series-China
PGA TOUR China Office
15th Floor, Office Building B, Suite 05
Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu
Beijing, China 100020
Phone: +86 01057306030
About the PGA TOUR Series-China
Founded in 2013, with its inaugural season in 2014, PGA TOUR Series-China is operated by the PGA TOUR in partnership with Shankai Sports.
The Series enters its fourth season in 2018.
The Series builds upon the PGA TOUR’s longstanding relationship with the China Golf Association, providing an opportunity to advance to the world stage through open competition and a quality tour for elite players from China and other countries. Similar to the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China provides access to the Web.com Tour—the pathway to the PGA TOUR—for the season’s top players and awards Official World Golf Ranking points, which are the eligibility mechanism to participate in golf at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Series provides playing opportunities for natives of China, based on their ranking within the China Golf Association. The Series also attracts players mainly from Asia and other Pacific Rim countries, although members in 2016 came from five continents. The top-five money-winners from the Series’ Order of Merit earn Web.com Tour status for the following season.
At a press conference at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November 2013, then-PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem succinctly announced that the "PGA TOUR Series-China will begin in 2014, starting with 12 tournaments."
The Series played 12 tournaments in 2014, 12 in 2015 and 13 in 2016, introducing Hong Kong's Clearwater Bay Open to the schedule, the first time the Series had played an official event outside of Mainland China.
|PGA TOUR Series-China played its first event—the Mission Hills Haikou Open—in April 2014. On a warm Thursday morning in mid-April, the Series played its first event—the Mission Hills Haikou Open. China’s first notable golf professional, Lian Wei Zhang, received a sponsor’s exemption into the event, and he hit the first tee shot in Ping An Bank China Tour - PGA TOUR China Series history. That week, South Korean teenager Jeunghun Wang dominated the field, winning the tournament by 10 strokes.In the Series’ inaugural season, nine different players won tournaments, with China’s Haotong Li capturing three victories—including the final two in succession. He won the Order of Merit title and a full exemption onto the 2015 Web.com Tour. Two other natives of China also won tournaments, Xinjun Zhang and amateur Cheng Jin. Australia’s David McKenzie, a Web.com Tour veteran, won two titles, with countryman Brett Drewitt adding another. South Korea’s Todd Baek, who lives in the United States, also won, as did Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul. In 2016, China's Zecheng Dou was dominant, setting an earnings' record on his way to four titles, also a single-season record. |
In October 2017, Dou and Zhang, via their position on the Web.com Tour money list, moved on to the PGA TOUR, becoming the first two players from China to hold PGA TOUR membership. Both are part of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR roster.
The 2018 will be announced at a later date.
In 2018, all tournaments will have a purse of ￥1,500,000 (approximately U.S. $245,000), with ￥216,000 (approximately U.S. $35,400) going to the winner.
Each PGA TOUR Series-China player is either fully exempt or conditionally exempt, and players from that list are used to form fields for all Series’ tournaments. In addition, each week the Series will hold an 18-hole open-qualifying tournament for non-exempt players, offering up to 12 playing spots.
In 2016, PGA TOUR Series-China members hailed from around the globe. There were members from China, with 102 international players with full or partial Tour exemptions, representing 14 countries outside China: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, England, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.
PGA TOUR Series-China graduated five players to the Web.com Tour at the end of the 2016 season. Players earned the five cards via their position on the Order of Merit, the Series’ money list. China's Zecheng Doug was the leading money winner, followed by Americans Charlie Saxon and Alex Kang, South Korea's Taewoo Kim and China's Xinjun Zhangnd Zecheng Dou and Canada's Eugene Wong. Besides winning the Order of Merit title, Macpherson captured two tournament titles, earned Player of the Year honors and is fully exempt on the 2016 Web.com Tour.
At season’s end, five Web.com Tour cards for the 2019 season.
PGA TOUR Series-China also recognizes its top player with the Player of the Year Award based on that season's Order of Merit leader.