PHUKET, Thailand—One more Qualifying Tournament remains prior to the start of the 2019 PGA TOUR Series-China season. At the conclusion of this week’s tournament, the Series will have a full membership. Here are five players to watch this week as they vie to return to PGA TOUR Series-China or play on the Tour for the first time.
He has played at least 11 tournaments in three PGA TOUR Latinoamerica seasons since turning pro midway through 2015. In 2017, he made nine cuts in 14 starts, posting four top-25s. Last season, he made eight cuts in 11 starts, with two top-25s.
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He has played in more than half of PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s tournaments since that Tour’s inception, in 2012. In 2016, he won the weather-shortened Argentina Classic, shooting scores of 69-66-68 to win the November event by one stroke over Derek Gillespie and Augusto Nunez. He has only made three European Tour starts in his career, but he’s made the cut in his last two appearances, both in 2018. He tied for 29th at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters and tied for 39th at the Open de Espana, his national open.
He has spent most of the last four seasons playing on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, with one top-five finish and three other top-10s. At the 2015 Freedom 55 Financial Championship, the Tour’s season-ending tournament, the Californian opened and closed with a pair of 66s, adding a second-round 67 and a third-round 69 to tie for fifth with Curtis reed, three strokes out of the Jason Millard-Ryan Williams playoff that Millard won.
At age 33, he will be giving China a try for the first time after playing the last 14 years on either the European Challenge Tour or the European Tour. Henningsson, a native of Eksjo, the same city that produced Arizona Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, won once on the European Tour, at the 2009 Moravia Silesia Open. He graduated to the European Tour for the 2009 season, a Q-School class that also included future Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett, Branden Grace and Chris Wood.
Kang has spent two full seasons playing PGA TOUR Series-China, his 2016 season leading to a third-place Order of Merit finish that allowed him to play on the 2017 Web.com Tour. Kang set a Tour 36-hole record with his 61-62 second and third rounds at the 2016 Cadillac Championship, a tournament he won by six strokes. His 29-under 259 is still a Tour record, and his 61 shares low-18-hole honors with Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul and Pariya Junhasavasdikul. Two weeks ago the Las Vegas resident made the cut at the Puerto Rico Open, tying for 35th.