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    • From left, Chinese professional golfer Lian Wei Zhang, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President Paul Johnson and Mission Hills Group Vice Chairman Tenniel Chu at the PGA TOUR China Series schedule announcement. From left, Chinese professional golfer Lian Wei Zhang, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President Paul Johnson and Mission Hills Group Vice Chairman Tenniel Chu at the PGA TOUR China Series schedule announcement.

    HAIKOU, China -- The China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series will play 12 tournaments in its inaugural season, beginning with this week’s Mission Hills Haikou Open.

    The complete schedule was announced today at Mission Hills Golf Club by Paul Johnson, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President of International Affairs; Sun Liping, President of event promoter China Olympic Sports Industry, and Wang Yanmei, Executive Vice President of the China Golf Association.

    “Since the announcement of this Tour back in November 2013, we have looked forward to the day when we would be able to release our full schedule. We are pleased to announce this very strong group of tournaments at first-class golf courses throughout China,” Johnson said. “This Tour will identify future stars who will go on to play on the Web.com Tour and, eventually, the PGA TOUR, and these events will give our players a great opportunity to compete.”

    Following this week’s Mission Hills Haikou Open, the PGA TOUR China Series will take a week off before resuming action April 28 in Guangdong, at the Buick Open. In all, the Series will visit 11 cities, with Beijing hosting two tournaments—June 12-15 at Earls Golf Club and again Sept. 11-14 at a to-be-determined site. 

    “As the promoter for the PGA TOUR China Series, COSI has taken on great responsibility. In sponsoring the Tour, we have committed to creating a sound playing environment on the basis of equity, fairness and openness by taking advantage of the PGA TOUR’s management expertise and collaborating with celebrated golf clubs,” Sun said. “This Tour, with its international, professional standards, will provide a platform for our home players to compete with numerous elite players from abroad, helping them to step up on the world stage.”

    “The CGA has set up a professional tour system featuring five levels of either medium- or large-level tours. The PGA TOUR China Series, as a portion of the system, has positioned itself as a high-standard stage for Chinese players in competition,” Wang said. “This week’s Mission Hills Haikou Open will include over 40 home professional golfers, which contributes to the growth of golf in China.”

    The PGA TOUR China Series’ schedule is split into two halves, with five tournaments between April and June. Then following a two-month summer break, the schedule resumes Aug. 14, with the Tour playing three tournaments in three weeks, starting with the Chateau Junding Penglai Open Sept. 4. The season concludes with three events—culminating with the CTS Tycoon Tournament Championship Dec. 4-7 in Shenzhen.

    2014 schedule      
    Date   Tournament    Site      Location
    April 14-20 Mission Hills Haikou Open Mission Hills GC (Sandbelt Trails) Haikou
    April 28-May 4 Buick Open Dragon Lake GC (Asian Games) Guangdong
    May 12-18 Wuhan Open Yishan GC Wuhan
    June 2-8 Lanhai Open Lanhai International GC (Forest) Shanghai
    June 9-15 Beijing Open Earls GC Beijing
    Aug. 11-17 Yunan Open Yulong Bay GC  Yunan
    Sept. 1-7 Chateau Junding Penglai Open Chateau Junding GC Shandong
    Sept. 8-14 Cadillac Open  TBA Beijing
    Sept. 15-21 Haihang Open TBA  TBA
    Oct. 18-24 HNA Open Nine Dragons GC Jiaxing
    Nov. 17-23 Hainan Open TBA TBA
    Dec. 1-7 CTS Tycoon Tournament Championship CTS Tycoon GC Shenzhen
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