PGA Tour China announces new tournaments to 2019 schedule

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-26 16:06:04|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Following a successful start to the 2019 season, the PGA Tour Series-China has announced the next three tournaments on its schedule, beginning with a return to China's capital for the Beijing Championship from May 6 to 12 at Topwin Golf and Country Club.

The following week, players will take part in the Qinhuangdao Championship at Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club from May 13 to 19. The three-tournament stretch concludes at the Yangtze River Golf Club in Nantong for the Nantong Championship.

"We have enjoyed a strong start to our season, with our tournaments in Chongqing, Sanya and Haikou, and this next set of events will allow us to maintain the momentum we've already established," said Greg Carlson, PGA Tour Series-China Executive Director.

"We are pleased with the sites of these next three tournaments," added Carlson. "We're extremely familiar with Topwin, having played there three times in the past. And Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club was a terrific host and partner for the first time in 2018. We are also confident players will find the Yangtze River Golf Club both a challenging and fair test."

Topwin Golf and Country Club, located in the hills of Huairou at the base of the Great Wall of China, is an Ian Woosnam-designed signature course that hosted PGA Tour China tournaments in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and hosted the Volvo China Open from 2016 to 2018.

Last year, Canadian Peter Campbell won for the first time on the PGA Tour China, with a one-shot victory over China's zhang Huilin. Other winners at Topwin include Charlie Saxon (2016) and Bryden Macpherson (2015).

A year after Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club was the site for its inaugural Series tournament in early September 2018, the course will also host this May's event. Last year, New Zealand's Nick Voke won his first Series title with a playoff win against Steve Lewton after the duo finished tied.

The Yangtze River Golf Club is adjacent to China's most famous river, and sees the series visit Nantong for the first time. Players competing in the Nantong Championship will encounter a course featuring undulations amid lakes scattered throughout the property.

"These three events provide a nice pacing to our schedule and will allow players to test themselves on three courses that present a variety of challenges," Carlson added.

The PGA Tour China is in its fifth season, and tour officials note that these three events will form part of up the 14-tournament 2019 schedule that will again take players throughout China.

"We are continually impressed with the caliber of play our members are presenting to fans each week. With new players acquainting themselves with the Series this season combined with our veterans who have returned, we have a nice mix of talent this year, and it's shown in the play during our first three weeks," said Carlson, emphasizing the positive growth the tour continues to enjoy, as well as the series' place on China's sports scene.

"Our players shine a bright spotlight on the tour through their immense talent, and our sponsors and course operators are doing their part to make the PGA Tour Series-China an important part of the overall sports scene in China," he added.

Across the tour's three tournaments so far in 2019, winners have come from Japan (Taihei Sato) and the United States (Trevor Sluman and David Kocher). The 2018 series saw winners from five different countries, including China, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea.