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    • Players honor earthquake victims at Yunnan Open

    • Players are wearing black ribbons at this week's Yunnan Open to honor victims of the recent earthquake.Players are wearing black ribbons at this week's Yunnan Open to honor victims of the recent earthquake.

    KUNMING, China -- The Yulongwan Yunnan Open began Aug. 7, but the 6.5-magnitude earthquake centered in Longtoushan that hit earlier in the week, won’t be far from players’ minds as the 72-hole PGA TOUR China Series’ event gets underway. The Aug. 5 quake -- its epicenter approximately 290 miles from Yunglongwan Golf Club -- has caused 398 deaths, with more than 1,800 injured. Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported more than 400 aftershocks have occurred since the original temblor.

    In honor of the dead and injured, all players in the field for the PGA TOUR China Series’ sixth event will receive a black ribbon they will wear for all their rounds. As a show of support, Yunglongwan Golf Club announced it will donate ¥50 for every birdie players make during the four rounds and ¥100 for every eagle. PGA TOUR China Series and its partners, China Olympic Sports Industry and the China Golf Associaton, will also make a significant donation to assist relief efforts, the exact amount announced later. All donations will go directly to the Red Cross Society of China.

     “We are mindful of the terrible tragedy that took place in China earlier this week,” said Greg Gilligan, PGA TOUR Vice President and Managing Director, Greater China. “Giving back has always been a major facet of the PGA TOUR, and as we play the Yulongwan Yunnan Open this week, it is our hope and expectation that PGA TOUR China Series, its players, the pro-am participants, our fans and the host course, Yulongwan Golf Club, will do much good to generate donations that will go to help so many in need at this time.”

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