Chinese players continue winning ways on PGA TOUR China-Series
March 25, 2018
By PGA TOUR China-Series Communications, PGATOUR.COM
- March 25, 2018
- Haimeng Chao outlasted Zecheng “Marty” Dou in an all-China playoff at the 2015 Nine Dragons Open. (PGA TOUR Series-China/Zhuang Liu)
CHONGQING, China—Yi Cao’s playoff victory at the Chongqing Championship on Sunday was the first victory by a player from China of the 2018 PGA TOUR Series-China season. Cao’s win, however, is just another in a long line of triumphs by China natives playing Series tournaments.
In 2014, PGA TOUR rookie Xinjun Zhang became the first native of China to win on Tour when he captured the Beijing Open in the Series’ fifth event. Haotong Li, who just competed in the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, won three times in 2014 after Zhang broke through, while 16-year-old Cheng Jin made history when he became the first amateur to win a Series event, capturing the 2014 Nine Dragons Open. Li went on to Player of the Year honors that year, played two subsequent easons on the Web.com Tour and is now a European Tour mainstay, with two titles on that circuit. Li will make his Masters Tournament debut the week after next. Jin is a sophomore at the University of Southern California who won the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur, earning an invitation to the 2016 Masters Tournament. Although still an amateur, Jin is an exempt PGA TOUR Series-China player in 2018 after winning the Mainland China Qualifying Tournament last month.
The following season, it again took players from China a while to find their winning PGA TOUR Series-China strides, but Zhang again broke through first, winning for a second time, this time in Chongqing. Zhang’s win at the NewTown KingRun Open began a streak of six consecutive tournaments won by players from China over two seasons, with Haimeng Chao, Huilin Zhang and Zeyu He closing the 2015 season with victories and current PGA TOUR rookie Zecheng “Marty” Dou winning the first two tournaments of 2016. Dou added two more 2016 triumphs on his way to Player of the Year honors, and Huilin Zhang won for a second time, capturing the season-ending Buick Open.
With Cao’s win in Chongqing, eight different players from China have won 15 titles.
PGA TOUR China-Series Wins by Players from China
Tournament Winner 2014 Beijing Open Xinjun Zhang 2014 Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open Haotong Li 2014 Nine Dragons Open a-Cheng Jin 2014 Sanya Open Haotong Li 2014 Tour Championship Haotong Li 2015 Chongqing Jiangnan NewTown KingRun Open Xinjun Zhang 2015 Nine Dragons Open Haimeng Chao 2015 Hainan Open Huilin Zhang 2015 Capital Airlines – HNA Real Estate Championship Zeyu He 2016 Henan Open Zecheng “Marty” Dou 2016 United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open Zecheng “Marty” Dou 2016 Suning Estate Nanjing Zhongshan Open Zecheng “Marty” Dou 2016 Yulongwan Yunnan Open Zecheng “Marty” Dou 2016 Buick Open Huilin Zhang 2018 Chongqing Championship Yi Cao