BEIJING, CHINA—Canada’s Peter Campbell leapt from 55th to ninth on the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit with RMB 334,350 following his surprise win in the Beijing Championship, the ninth event of the season.
Only five events remain in the race to finish in the top-five and earn status on next year’s Web.com Tour, with the Tour resuming with the Suzhou Open at Jinji Lake Golf Club from August 30-September 2 and the Qinhuangdao Championship at Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club from September 6-9.
Campbell’s RMB 270,000 cheque for winning at Topwin Golf and Country Club capped a remarkable change in fortunes for the 35-year-old.
Earlier this month, the left-hander narrowly missed the cut at both the Yantai Championship and Qingdao Championship, before a “no-care attitude” in Beijing propelled him to a career-changing win – his first as a pro.
“This is a game-changer,” said Campbell, the third Canadian to win on Tour, following 2015 winners Justin Shin and Eugene Wong.
“Before this, I was contemplating the rest of the year, but now things have changed, so I’ll take a few days and re-assess.”
Campbell previously played on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada (2012-15) and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica (2014-17) before joining the PGA TOUR’s third international developmental tour this year after finishing 16th in the second International Qualifying Tournament in Hainan.
A missed cut in the season-opening Chengdu Championship was followed by a tie for 14th at the Chongqing Championship – when he was joint-second after 54 holes – then a missed cut in Changsha and ties for 26th in Haikou, Guilin and Kunming.
Following two more missed cuts in July, Campbell had considered withdrawing from the Beijing Championship and even looked at what it would cost to change his flight.
“It was only 90 bucks to change my ticket and it was so tempting,” said Campbell, who lives in Florida but spends summers back with his family in his native Nova Scotia.
Runner-up Huilin Zhang, a winner on the Tour in 2015 and 2016, earned RMB 162,000 and moved to 14th on the money list with RMB 291,503 as he kick-started his latest bid to qualify for the Web.com Tour, having just missed out in 2016 when he finished sixth on the Order of Merit.
American Charlie Saxon (RMB 817,167) and England’s Callum Tarren (RMB 664,850) remained first and second on the Order of Merit, while Korean Todd Baek (RMB 486,650) tied for fifth at Topwin to leapfrog Motin Yeung (RMB 484,675), who recorded his fourth top-10 finish of the year.
Joseph Winslow (RMB 434,717) rounds out the top-five, although Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihira (RMB 411,212) edged closer to the American after finishing eighth in Beijing, his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
Every tournament on this year’s PGA TOUR Series-China offers RMB 1.5 million, a 25-percent increase over purse levels from 2016.
The PGA TOUR established PGA TOUR Series-China in 2014 as its third international developmental tour, following in the footsteps of PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada. Since its inception, PGA TOUR Series-China players have received Official World Golf Ranking points for top finishes at official tournaments.