2015 Pacific Links China Championship canceled
Decision comes after tragic explosions in Tianjin
August 25, 2015
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- August 25, 2015
- The event was scheduled to be played at the 27 Club in Tianjin. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. & Tianjin, China – The decision was made today to cancel the 2015 Pacific Links China Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions Tour tournament, following tragic explosions on Aug. 12 in the port area of Tianjin, China. The tournament, the first Champions Tour event to be played in China, was scheduled for Sept. 14-20, 2015 and was to be held at one of China’s most-exclusive golf courses, the 27 Club in Tianjin.
Multiple explosions occurred after a fire broke out at a container storage facility. It is understood that more than 100 people died, including a large number of firefighters and first responders, hundreds of people were injured, and a large number of people are missing. It is believed the extensive damage and chemical contamination was contained within a small area of the port.
Tournament organizers agreed that, although the 27 Club and adjacent environs were not directly affected by the explosion, holding a Champions Tour event, that is internationally televised and in the nature of a celebration, would be inappropriate in such close proximity to this tragedy.
“Given the recent events, Pacific Links and our members feel it is time to support and grieve with the victim’s families, friends and all residents of the great city of Tianjin,” said Mr. Du Sha, the owner and chairman of Pacific Links International.
Mr. Sun Liping, president of the China Olympic Sports Industry (COSI), the event management partner for the Pacific Links China Championship, shared the same feelings as Mr. Du about this decision.
“As the event management partner, COSI would like to join with Pacific Links and the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour in grieving with everybody who has been affected by this tragedy,” said Mr. Sun. “We are in full support of the people of Tianjin. We sincerely hope next year’s Pacific Links China Championship can be held to honor the memory of those from Tianjin who died and were injured.”
Champions Tour President Greg McLaughlin added, “On behalf of the Champions Tour and our players we are confident this is the appropriate and correct decision. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and those injured after this tragedy. We look forward to our continued partnership with Pacific Links and the 2016 Champions Tour event at the 27 Club in China.”