05 January 2018
PGA Tour-China to Launch in 2018
The PGA Tour is partnering with the Chinese Golf Association. The world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers has announced that the Tour will operate the PGA Tour-China in 2018.
The 2018 schedule will consist of a full line-up of tournaments beginning in spring next year. Each event will offer a prize purse of at least 1.5 million RMB, up from 1.2 million RMB in 2016.
The PGA Tour-China will provide players a path to the PGA Tour through the Web.com Tour, with the top-five money-winners at season’s end earning 2019 Web.com Tour membership. In addition, there will be at least 15 additional players who will have access to the latter stages of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
This past season, China’s Zecheng Dou and Xinjun Zhang became the first players from China to earn PGA Tour cards after their strong 2017 Web.com Tour seasons, where Dou finished 17th on the money list and Zhang placed 21st. Australia’s Brett Drewitt earned PGA Tour membership in 2016-17.
“The essence of PGA Tour-China is what the PGA Tour offers, namely a world-class brand, global credibility and Web.com Tour access that gives players a path to the PGA Tour. In addition, we’ve seen several players who have played in China move to the Web.com Tour and then advance to the PGA Tour,” said Ty Votaw, Executive Vice President of PGA Tour Global Business Affairs, as quoted in a PGA Tour release.
Prior to the start of the 2018 regular season, PGA Tour-China will hold Qualifying Tournaments at to-be-determined sites for players from Mainland China and players from the rest of the world, respectively. As golf continues to grow, PGA Tour-China expects to attract a truly international membership, with the majority of the players coming from Asia.
“We believe PGA Tour-China will weekly present outstanding competition played at strong golf courses throughout the country. Our 2018 season ensures that we’ll continue providing exceptional playing opportunities for our players,” said Greg Gilligan, Managing Director of PGA Tour Greater China.