October 6, 2018

A lot on the line for those chasing Techakanokboon

ZHUHAI, China—Kevin Techakanokboon holds a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Zhuhai Championship. You’ll pardon him if he doesn’t look over his shoulder, at least a little. Immediately behind Techakanokboon are proven winners on PGA TOUR Series-China. Meanwhile, Techakanokboon has zero professional wins and only 10 starts on this circuit—all coming in 2018.

Immediately behind Techakanokboon, a native of Thailand who played college golf in the United States—at Long Beach State University—is Order of Merit leader and four-time Series winner Charlie Saxon, two-time winner Todd Baek and Nick Voke, who has merely won two tournaments in a row and is looking to do what’s never been done before on this Tour: win three in a row.

Techakanokboon has a nice cushion, three ahead of Saxon and four up on Baek and Voke after he shot a stellar 5-under 66 in difficult conditions. But with Saxon three behind and Baek and Voke lurking, it will be a battle Sunday. Plus, Saxon, Baek and Voke can all accomplish significant things with a victory.

If Charlie Saxon Wins

  • He will become the winningest player in PGA TOUR Series-China history, with five victories.
  • He will have won his eighth tournament worldwide since 2016. Five on PGA TOUR Series-China, a win on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and two additional professional wins in China.
  • He will mathematically lock up the Order of Merit title and Player of the Year honors with only one tournament left on the schedule
  • He will become only the second player in PGA TOUR Series-China history to pass the seven-figure mark in single-season earnings, joining Zecheng Dou.
  • He will set the PGA TOUR Series-China record for single-season earnings, breaking Zecheng Dou’s mark set in 2016 (RMB 1,144,350).

If Nick Voke Wins

  • He will add a third title in only his fourth Series’ start, the fastest to three wins by any player in history, breaking the seven tournaments it took Josh Geary to win three, in 2015.
  • With one tournament remaining, he will remain in mathematical contention to win the Order of Merit title and Player of the Year honors.
  • He will have earned RMB 872,000 this season, giving him a chance to pass the seven-figure mark in season earnings with the Clearwater Bay Open still to play. 
  • He would join select company as a PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour member. No player on the Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada or PGA TOUR Latinoamerica has won three consecutive tournaments. The last time it happened on the PGA TOUR or PGA TOUR Champions, World Golf Hall of Fame members were involved. Tiger Woods won the 2006 PGA Championship, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the Deutsche Bank Championship in succession, while Fred Couples on PGA TOUR Champions won the 2010 ACE Group Classic, the Toshiba Classic and The Cap Cana Championship back to back to back

 

If Todd Baek Wins

  • He will earn his third Series title, and second victory this season. That will allow him to join the elite company of players with at least three wins: Saxon, Dou, Geary and Haotong Li.
  • He will virtually lock up a top-five position on the Order of Merit and ensure his return to the Web.com Tour in 2019, a Tour he called home since 2015.
  • He will break free from the deadlock with countryman Taewoo Kim and become the winningest South Korean player in Series history.

Fastest to Three PGA TOUR Series-China Wins

Player

Number of Tournaments

Josh Geary

7

Haotong Li

12

Charlie Saxon

18

Zecheng Dou

22

 

Most PGA TOUR Series-China Career Wins

Player

Total Wins

Total Starts

Zecheng Dou (China)

4

30

Charlie Saxon (U.S.)

4

26

Josh Geary (New Zealand)

3

11

Haotong Li (China)

3

13

Todd Baek (South Korea)

2

24

Gunn Charoenkul (Thailand)

2

21

Taewoo Kim (South Korea)

2

25

Bryden Macpherson (Australia)

2

26

David McKenzie (Australia)

2

20

Nick Voke (New Zealand)

2

4

Huilin Zhang (China)

2

42

Xinjun Zhang (China)

2

31