Clearwater Bay Open returns this month
October 06, 2017
By Laury Livsey, PGATOUR.COM
- The Clearwater Bay Open will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 5. (PGA TOUR China photo)
One of the things Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club is known for is its stunning beauty and location along the South China Sea.
Those who played in the inaugural Clearwater Bay Open in 2016 will wholeheartedly endorse that fact.
“This is the most enjoyable week I’ve had on a golf course,” said Australian Daniel Nisbet, winner of the inaugural Clearwater Bay Open in a playoff over American Alex Kang. “This is the most breathtaking course I’ve ever played. It’s hard to play bad golf around here.”
Nisbet shot rounds of 69-67-65-64 and then made birdie on the first extra hole to take home the hardware. Nisbet will be back in 2017 to defend his title as players return to one of the world’s great cities. The Clearwater Bay Open is October 30-November 5.
“We had such a terrific experience in Hong Kong last year, with everything about the Clearwater Bay Open a success. The members and staff at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club couldn’t have been more welcoming and hospitable, and their course met with rave reviews from our players. We look forward to once again playing at this spectacular golf course, not only this year but for years to come,” said Greg Gilligan, Managing Director, PGA TOUR China.
“We are thrilled to again have the opportunity to be both host and title sponsor of the Clearwater Bay Open this year. As a club, we continue to actively promote sports development in the community, particularly junior golf,” explained Wyman Li, Chairman of The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. “Our affiliation with the PGA TOUR will allow us to conduct a world-class event and continue to make an impact in our community.”
While PGA TOUR China wasn’t held in 2017, eligible players for the Clearwater Bay Open include all 2016 PGA TOUR China tournament winners, the top-60 money-winners on the 2016 PGA TOUR China Order of Merit, the top-30 available players from the 2016 China Golf Association Ranking List, 10 open qualifiers and 10 sponsor exemptions, among others.
One player who made his mark at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club is China’s Cheng Jin, who won the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur by a stroke over Australia’s Ryan Ruffels and Cameron Davis. By virtue of his victory, Jin received an invitation to the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. After missing the cut at the Masters, Jin enrolled at the University of Southern California, where the Trojans were the No. 1-ranked team for most of the 2016-17 season. Jin also played in the 2017 RBC Heritage on the PGA TOUR and is a sophomore at USC.
Those committed to play in this year’s Clearwater Open include South Korea’s Taewoo Kim, who just completed his first season on the Web.com Tour, Web.com Tour veteran Justin Shin and China’s Zihao Chen, who also played part time on the 2017 Web.com Tour. Hong Kong will be represented by Shun Yat Hak. He finished 17th on the 2016 PGA TOUR China Order of Merit.
“I played Pebble Beach (in December 2015). I think this course and that one have the same style,” said Chen. “The wind will be the most-challenging thing.”
The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, established in 1982, is an 18-hole course divided into two parts: the Highland Nine and the Ocean Nine. The Club is located in the New Territories and is situated on a peninsula with stunning views of the South China Sea and Hong Kong.
After its initial opening, the team of Thomson Perrett redesigned the course layout to its current specifications. Australian Peter Thomson, a principal in Thomson Perrett, is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, a five-time winner of The Open Championship and a three-time captain of the Presidents Cup International Team. Thomson Perrett has designed or redesigned golf courses in 12 countries.
“The 2016 Clearwater Bay Open was a smashing success, with all credit going to our players and this tremendous golf course. This is a fabulous club with whom we want to partner for the long term,” added Gilligan.