Bigger prize money up for grabs as PGA Tour China series returns

Sports | 8 Dec 2017

The PGA China Tour series returns from a one-year absence with more tournaments and a bigger prize purse.

Qualifying schools will be held starting next month as the series, halted this year after three successful seasons, resumes as a vehicle for Chinese golfers looking to make it to the to PGA Tour.

Dou Zecheng, 20, and Zhang Xinjun, 30, provide the inspiration to the growing army of mainland golfers after becoming the first Chinese players to earn PGA Tour cards through the Tour.

After 12 events in its first two years and 13 in 2016, the series will feature 14 tournaments next year with purses of 1.5 million yuan (HK$1.77 million), 25 per cent higher than in the first three years.

The series will continue to reward the top five on its money list with membership on the Tour and with additional benefits for the next 15 players.

Dou and Zhang both cut their teeth in the China series, finishing first and fifth, respectively, in the 2016 edition to secure places on the Tour.

Shankai Sports has signed an agreement to manage the day-to-day operations of the new series for a 20-year period from 2018. Beijing-based Shankai has worked with the International Olympic Committee and world football's governing body Fifa.

"With Shankai as our new partner, PGA Tour China is proud to say that the series is back - bigger and better. It will have more tournaments and significantly more prize money," said Greg Gilligan, PGA Tour vice president and Greater China Managing Director.

Shankai is backed by a 300-million yuan investment from private equity firms Yao Capital and IDG Capital.

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