The public will have access to the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club from 30 October to 5 November for the PGA Tour Open. As well as giving golf enthusiasts a chance to watch top players, it is a charity event that raised $1.5 million last year for World Vision.
In 2016, Australian Daniel Nisbet battled American Alex Kang (photo above) to take the 72-hole tournament crown. Club Chairman Wyman Li said the free spectator access and charity events were part of the club’s community outreach programme.
“We continue to actively promote sports development in the community, particularly junior golf,” said Wyman. “Our affiliation with the PGA TOUR will allow us to conduct a world-class event and continue to make an impact in our community.”
Eligible players 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. Also, among others, up to 10 current Web.com Tour or PGA TOUR members and the top-three available finishers on the 2017 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit and the 2016 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit will be eligible to play.
The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, established in 1982, is an 18-hole course divided into two parts: the Highland Nine and the Ocean Nine.
In October 2015, the club hosted the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, a tournament won by China teenager Jin Cheng. Because of this victory, Jin played in the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the leading global platform in professional golf, showcasing the highest expression of excellence, both on and off the course. The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, grow and protect the game of golf and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China. Its members represent the world’s best players, hailing from 24 countries (89 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1.1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organisations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2016, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $166 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.46 billion.