Fourteen-tournament season begins in March in Sanya
PGA TOUR Series-China announced January 9 its 2020 schedule, the Tour’s sixth since its inception in 2014. The season will consist of 14 tournaments, a schedule that runs from late-March to late-September, with an official event outside the Greater China area for the first time, the Phuket Championship, in Thailand. The season begins in Sanya, China, and closes for a second consecutive year in Macau.
“It’s always rewarding to announce a new schedule, knowing another PGA TOUR Series-China season is right around the corner. This is going to be a significant season for a variety of reasons, most notably because we’re playing outside Greater China for the first time while also taking our players throughout Mainland China, with visits to Hong Kong and Macau also key components of our season,” said Greg Carlson, Executive Director of PGA TOUR Series-China. “This is a strong schedule, and we’re excited to play on courses and in cities our players know well while sprinkling in new cities, courses and partners.”
The season gets underway March 26-29 at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya. This is the first of two tournaments on Hainan, with Mission Hills Golf Club Haikou on the island’s north side hosting the Haikou Classic the following week. The third tournament in as many weeks will see players travel to China’s mainland for the first time for the Chongqing Championship, April 9-12, at the Chongqing Poly Golf Club. The four-tournament-in-four-weeks run ends in Guangzhou, at Nansha International Golf Club for the Guangzhou Open on April 16-19.
“There is great pacing to this schedule, with players getting in a rhythm quickly with these first four tournaments,” Carlson continued. “The tournaments in the early part of the season are at courses we know well, and we’re excited to take our high-quality golf back to these venues.”
After a two-week break following the visit to Guangzhou, the Tour resumes action with a three-tournament stint, starting in Hong Kong for the Clearwater Bay Open set for May 7-10. May 14-17, Laguna Golf Phuket, home to PGA TOUR Series-China Qualifying Tournaments in 2019 and again in 2020, will host its first official tournament—the Phuket Championship. The Tour then returns to China for the Beijing Championship on May 21-24 in China’s capital city.
After a two-week break, players will play consecutive tournaments in June (June 11-14 and June 18-21) at cities and courses yet to be determined. Cities and locations for tournaments on July 16-19 and July 23-26 will be announced at a later date.
The season concludes with a three-tournament-in-three-
“We know a strong class of players just moved to the Korn Ferry Tour, and we look forward to new players and those returning to battle in 2020 for the right to play on the Korn Ferry Tour. Our schedule is ideally set up for that to happen,” Carlson continued.
Following the 2019 season, five players earned Korn Ferry Tour membership based on their Order of Merit finishes. American Max McGreevy led the way, capturing the Order of Merit title. The other four were Trevor Sluman (U.S.), David Kocher (U.S.), Cyril Bouniol (France) and Luke Kwon (South Korea). Five other players finishing in the sixth-to-10th positions on the Order of Merit received invitations to the final stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
In addition, at that Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament in mid-December, outside Orlando, PGA TOUR Series-China alums Steve Lewton and Callum Tarren (England), Mark Baldwin (U.S.), Brett Drewitt (Australia) and Yuwa Kosaihira (Japan) improved their membership status and assured themselves of multiple 2020 Korn Ferry Tour playing appearances.
2020 PGA TOUR Series-China Schedule
|March 23-29||Sanya Championship||Yalong Bay Golf Club||Sanya, China|
|March 30-April 5||Haikou Classic||Mission Hills Golf Club Haikou||Haikou, China|
|April 6-12||Chongqing Championship||Chongqing Poly Golf Club||Chongqing, China|
|April 13-19||Guangzhou Open||Nansha International Golf Club||Guangzhou, China|
|May 4-10||Clearwater Bay Open||Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club||Hong Kong, China|
|May 11-17||Phuket Championship||Laguna Golf Phuket||Phuket, Thailand|
|May 18-24||Beijing Championship||TBD||Beijing, China|
|September 7-13||Suzhou Championship||Suzhou Jinji Lake Golf Club||Suzhou, China|
|September 14-20||Shanghai Open||Agile Golf Club||Shanghai, China|
|September 21-27||Macau Championship||Caesars Golf Macau||Macau, China|