PGA Tour Launches Development Tour in China

The U.S PGA Tour will launch a developmental circuit in China next year.

The ‘PGA Tour China’ will feature 12 events with fields, not restricted to Chinese players, expected to be between 120 and 156 players and purses around $200,000.

The new venture was launched by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, China Golf Association (CGA) chief Zhang Xiaoning and China Olympic Sports Industry (COSI) president Sun Liping at the WGC HSBC Champions.

“PGA Tour China will provide open competition on a quality tour for elite players from China and other countries and the opportunity to advance to the world stage. We plan to provide access to the Tour for the season's top players," said Finchem.

CGA Chief, Zhang, intends the Tour to be “the next positive step forward” for golf in China, following on the early successes of players like Guanlang Tian in the 2013 Masters.

"This will raise the level of golf in China even further and prepare players from China to participate in the Olympics and other significant global competitions. We are happy to partner with the PGA Tour, the world's leading golf organization, and to work together in this effort."