CHENGDU, CHINA — PGA TOUR Series-China announced the first eight of its 14 tournaments on its 2018 official schedule Wednesday prior to the start of the season-opening Chengdu Championship, which tees off here at Luxehills International Country Club on Thursday.
The newly released schedule includes this week’s tournament and next week’s Chongching Championship. The Series will then observe a six-week break, resuming action with two events in May, two in June and two in July. The Changsha Championship at Hunan Dragon Lake International Golf Club in Hunan province from May 3-6 will be followed by the Haikou Championship at 3 Miles Golf Club on Hainan island from May 10-13.
In June, the Guilin Championship at Guilin Landscape Golf Club in Guangxi Province and the Kunming Championship at Yulongwan Golf Club in southwestern Yunnan Province, will also be held back to back, from June 7-10 and June 14-17, respectively.
The northeastern Province of Shandong will host two tournaments in July when the Yantai Championship at Nanshan International Golf Club (July 12-15) is followed by the Qingdao Championship at Tiger Beach Golf Club in Qingdao (July 19-22).
“Now that our new season is about to begin, there is an underlying excitement, and we’re delighted to announce the first eight events of the PGA TOUR Series-China season,” said Paul Johnson, Executive Vice President of International Tours and Tournaments, PGA TOUR. “With this new season upon us, the players are ready to go, knowing if they play well throughout 2018, the Web.com Tour is in their future and then, hopefully, the PGA TOUR. The fact that three out of every four players on the PGA TOUR are former Web.com Tour players speaks to how competitive and strong the Web.com Tour is.”
The top-five money-winners on the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit will earn 2019 Web.com Tour membership. China’s Zecheng Dou and Xinjun Zhang, who finished first and fifth on the 2016 earnings’ chart, respectively, played on the 2017 Web.com Tour and progressed to become current PGA TOUR players, with Dou winning the Digital Ally Open outside Kansas City.
Every tournament on this year’s PGA TOUR Series-China will offer RMB 1.5 million, a 25-percent increase over purse levels from 2016.
PGA TOUR Series-China First Half 2018 Schedule
March 15-18: Chengdu Championship, Luxehills International Country Club, Chengdu, China
March 22-25: Chongqing Championship, Poly Golf Club, Chongqing, China
May 3-6: Changsha Championship, Hunan Dragon Lake International Golf Club, Changsha, China
May 10-13: Haikou Championship, 3 Miles Golf Club, Haikou, Hainan, China
June 7-10: Guilin Championship, Guilin Landscape Golf Club, Guilin, China
June 14-17: Kunming Championship, Yulongwan Golf Club, Kunming, China
July 12-15: Yantai Championship, Nanshan International Golf Club, Yantai, China
July 19-22: Qingdao Championship, Tiger Beach Golf Club, Qingdao, China