PGA Tour China

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PGA Tour China is a China-based men's professional golf tour established in 2013 as part of the PGA Tour's global expansion.

The previous China-based tour, the Omega China Tour, was created in 2005 to encourage the development players who intended to move up to the Asian Tour or other major international tours, and also to help accelerate the development of golf in the People's Republic of China, following the sports reintroduction to the country in the 1980s, having been absent during the early communist era.

Launched by the China Golf Association in 2005, the tour began with four three-day tournaments, each with a minimum purse of US$100,000. This increased to six four-day tournaments in 2006, and then eight in 2007. It was initially planned to have ten tournaments in 2008, but this was not possible, and there were again eight events.

China has hosted some big money European Tour sanctioned tournaments, but at the launch of the Omega China Tour, the executive vice-president of the China Golf Association Jiang Xiuyun commented, "The future for golf in China – the real, long-term future – is not paying large sums to bring the world's superstars to play here. It is creating our own stars".[1] The Singapore-based World Sports Group was granted a five-year contract to organise the events. The Tour folded in 2009.

The United States-based PGA Tour started a new PGA Tour China in 2014, joining the PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica as third-level tours.[2] Similar to the Canadian and Latin American tours, the PGA Tour China will offer a path to the Web.com Tour for top finishers and offer Official World Golf Ranking points to the top six finishers.

On January 29, 2014, PGA Tour China announced qualifying procedures and a 12-event season to begin in April. Two 72-hole qualifying tournaments will be played in March. Each event has 132 players and will award exactly 20 full-time Tour cards and conditional cards to the next 20 plus ties. In the event of a tie, a playoff will determine the 20th and final qualifying spot. For its inaugural season, PGA Tour China will give exemptions to the top 70 according to the China Golf Association rankings. Each regular season event will consist of either 144 or 156 players. After the 40 qualifiers and 70 from the rankings, the balance of the fields will be filled through sponsor exemptions, Monday qualifying, and high ranking players from the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, and PGA Tour Canada.[3]

Zhang Lian-Wei, China's most successful professional golfer, hit the very first tee shot in PGA Tour China history.[4]

2014 season[edit]

The table below shows the 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 have a purse of US$200,000.

Date Tournament Winner OWGR pts
20 Apr Mission Hills Haikou Open South Korea Wang Jeung-hun (1) 6
4 May Buick Open United States Sam Chien (1) 6
18 May United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open Australia Brett Drewitt (1) 6
8 Jun Lanhai Open Australia David McKenzie (1) 6
15 Jun Earls Beijing Open China Xin Jun Zhang (1) 6
10 Aug Yulongwan Yunnan Open Thailand Gunn Charoenkul (1) 6
7 Sep Chateau Junding Penglai Open
14 Sep Cadillac Open
28 Sep Central China Real Estate Zhengzhou Open
16 Nov Nine Dragons Open
23 Nov Hainan Open
30 Nov Tour Championship

Order of Merit winners[edit]

Year Winner Earnings (¥)
2009 Australia Kurt Barnes 264,750
2008 China Liao Guiming 375,125
2007 China Li Chao 652,125
2006 China Zhang Lian-wei 540,000
2005 China Li Chao

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