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Ping An Bank China Tour - PGA TOUR China Series



The Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series announced the first five tournaments of its 2016 schedule of the proposed 12-tournament slate. The 2016 PGA TOUR China Series’ season will again play out over two distinct halves, with the first five tournaments contested between mid-May and late-June. The schedule for the Series’ second half of the season will be announced later this year, the campaign concluding in early November.

“In this third year of the Tour, we are pleased to present another strong schedule of tournaments played at golf courses that offer variety and challenge,” said PGA TOUR Executive Vice President Paul Johnson. “In our sponsors, golf courses and tournament organizers, we have tremendous partners, and the Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series will continue to offer a platform for Chinese players and players in this part of the world to move their careers forward. We look forward to a mix of new and returning members competing this year at these excellent tournaments.

“We also appreciate both the China Golf Association and the China Olympic Sports Industry,” Johnson continued. “They have a great feel for the sport in China, and we’re in accord with our partnership. Their contributions cannot be minimized.”

“This is an exciting year for golf in China. The Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series is a firmly established golf tour, and with this being an Olympics year, with golf returning to the Games, we view PGA TOUR China as an integral part of the development of not only golfers in China but for the sport in our country,” said Liping Sun, President of the China Olympic Sports Industry.

The PGA TOUR China Series will begin its third season the week of May 9-15 in Zhengzhou for the Henan Open. The St. Andrews Golf Club will host a Series tournament for the third consecutive year. Chinese Taipei’s Shih Chang Chan won at St. Andrews in 2015.

Following a one-week break in the schedule, players return to the United Investment Real Estate Open (May 23-29) at Yishan Golf Club in Wuhan. A year ago, Canada’s Justin Shin was the champion, and Shin is expected to defend his title in 2016. The Cadillac Championship returns to the schedule May 30-June 5, moving to Chengdu, at a to-be-determined course in Sichuan Province. Australia’s Bryden Macpherson won last year’s tournament, capturing the title in Beijing. The Lanhai International Golf Club will host the fourth tournament on the schedule, the Lanhai Open on June 6-12, on Chongming Island outside Shanghai. New Zealand’s Josh Geary is the defending champion. The fifth tournament is June 20-26 in Nanjing, the new Nanjing Open at Zhongshan Golf Club.

“We are truly excited with the growth we’ve seen in PGA TOUR China in the more than two years since the PGA TOUR announced this joint venture with the China Golf Association and the China Olympic Sports Industry. This first half of our 2016 schedule continues the positive momentum we have clearly established as we embark on our third season,” said PGA TOUR Vice President Greg Gilligan. “So many have worked diligently to make the Series a success, and I’m very gratified to see the Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series continue to establish a large footprint on the China sports’ landscape.”

The Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series saw winners from five different countries in 2015, including four champions from China who captured the final four tournaments of the season. New Zealand’s Geary led the way with three victories, while Player of the Year Macpherson of Australia won twice.




2016 Ping An Bank China Tour - PGA TOUR China Series Schedule


DateTournamentCourse
Prize Money
Champion
May 9-15Henan OpenSt. Andrews Golf Club (72, 7,231)
Loch Yanming Ecological Scenic Spot
Zhengzhou, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Zecheng Dou
(286, -2 ) *
May 23-29United Investment Real Estate OpenYishan Golf Club (72, 7,236)
Jinyin Lake, Jinshan Avenue, Airport Road
Wuhan, China
Robbins Design/2013
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Zecheng Dou
(278, -10)
May 30-June 5Cadillac ChampionshipChengdu Poly Golf Club (72, 7,070)
Chengdu, Sichuan
China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Alex Kang
(259, -29)
June 6-12Lanhai OpenLanhai International Golf Club (72, 7,272)
Chongming Island
Shanghai, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Rohan Blizard@
(206, -10)
June 20-26Nanjing OpenZhongzhan Golf Club (72, 7,189)
Nanjing, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Zecheng Dou
(274, -14)
June 27-July 3Ping An Private Bank Wanda OpenWhite Birch Club (72, 7,334)
Changbaishan International Resort
Jilin, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Taewoo Kim
(277, -11)
August 29-September 4Yulongwan Yunnan OpenYulongwan Golf Club (71, 7,159)
Kunming, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Zecheng Dou
(261, -23)
September 5-11Chongqing Jiangnan NewTown KingRun OpenKingRun Nanshan Golf Club (72, 7,281)
Chongqing, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Gunn Charoenkul
(267, -21)
September 12-18Ping An Bank OpenTopwin Golf Club (72, 7,251)
Beijing, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Charlie Saxon
(266, -22)
October 31-November 7Clearwater Bay OpenClearwater Bay Golf and Country Club (70, 6,571)
Hong Kong, China
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Daniel Nisbet
(265, -15)
November 7-13Putian OpenFujian Putian Mazu Golf Club
Putian, Fujian
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Taewoo Kim
(288, E)
November 14-20Zhuhai Hengqing Phoenix Tree OpenOrient Golf Zhuhai Country Club
Zhuhai, Guandong
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Charlie Saxon
(277, -7)
November 7-13Buick OpenFoison Golf Club
Guangzhou, Guandong
(¥1,200,000/¥216,000)
(US $193,500/
US $34,850)
Huilin Zhang
(285, -3)

( ) 2016 Purse TBA; 2015 listed
KEY: * = Playoff; @ = Weather-shortened (a) Amateur
Note: Par/Yardages are 2015 figures.