March 3, 2019

Meet the Qualifiers: Global Q-School No. 2

On Friday, PGA TOUR Series-China concluded its third 2019 Qualifying Tournament and the second of three Global Qualifying Tournaments that will help determine membership for the 2019 season. South Korea’s Taeho Kim captured the medalist honors at Foison Golf Club in Guangzhou, with his 7-under finish, good for a one-stroke triumph over American John Young Kim. Taeho Kim will be exempt for every 2019 tournament on the schedule. Eleven additional players earned full membership for the first six tournaments of the PGA TOUR Series-China season, while an additional 23 will be conditionally exempt for those same six tournaments. The next Qualifying Tournament will be in Phuket, Thailand, at Laguna Phuket Golf Club March 5-8. Here is a short look at all 12 qualifiers who emerged with full membership from this week’s tournament.

Taeho Kim

South Korea

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Won

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 10

Something Worth Knowing: Although he missed his first five cuts, he hit his stride in the second half of the 2018 PGA TOUR Series-China season, making four of his final five cuts—including a pair of ties for 12th.

 

John Young Kim

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: 2nd

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 15

Career PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Starts: 13

Career PGA TOUR Canada Starts: 3

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 4

Something Worth Knowing: At the 2016 Guatemala Stella Artois Open on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, Kim was the only player in the field to shoot four consecutive sub-par rounds at La Reunion Resort, enough to give him a two-shot win over Puma Dominguez and current PGA TOUR players Corey Conners.

 

Somprat Rattanasuwan

Thailand

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T3

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: Rattanasuwan made his Asian Development Tour debut at the 2017 Singha Laguna Phuket Open, shooting four rounds in the 60s at the course that will host the final PGA TOUR Series-China Global Qualifying Tournament next week.

 

Cyril Bouniol

France

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T3

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 2

Something Worth Knowing: Playing on the European Challenge Tour in 2014, Bouniol had seven top-10 finishes, including a third-place effort at the Norwegian Challenge.

 

Kevin Yuan

Australia

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T5

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 13

Something Worth Knowing: He made his PGA Tour of Australasia debut at the 2016 New South Wales Open, finishing 66-68-69 over his final 54 holes to tie for 14th.

 

Michael Perras

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T5

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: Perras, who attended the University of Houston, followed in his grandfather’s footsteps with the Cougars. His grandfather Fred Marti was a member of the 1962 Houston national championship team. Marti went on to a 17-year PGA TOUR career, appearing in 397 tournaments and finishing runner-up four different times.

 

Sam Chien

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T5

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 37

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 14

Something Worth Knowing: He shot a pair of 65s on the weekend at the 2016 Resorts World Manila Masters to get into a playoff with SSP Chawrasia and Nicholas Fung. Chawrasia prevailed in the extra session, with Chien tying for second and cashing the largest paycheck of his career—U.S. $86,500.

 

Joseph Lane

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T8

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: While still a student at Virginia Tech, he won the 2016 Eastern Amateur at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club, a tournament previously won by World Golf Hall of Fame members Deane Beman (1960-61, 1963-64), Lanny Wadkins (1969), Ben Crenshaw (1971-72), Curtis Strange (1975). Lane won the tournament two years after PGA TOUR Series-China qualifier Chris Hickman won the Eastern Amateur.

 

Shotaro Ban

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T8

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 12

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 1

Something Worth Knowing: He was instrumental in his University of California team winning its fifth consecutive John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii, in 2015. Ban was also the individual champion, defeating the University of Nevada-Las Vegas’ John Oda by two shots and former PGA TOUR Series-China qualifier Kurt Kitayama by three strokes.

 

Daejin Jeong

South Korea

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T8

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 11

Something Worth Knowing: In his two top 2018 PGA TOUR Series-China finishes, both ties for 12th, he started quickly at the Beijing Championship, shooting rounds of 69-66 before a pair of 72s on the weekend. At the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong, his start was the revers, a 70-74 opening 36 holes to go with a 68-65 finish.

 

Chris Hickman

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T8

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Career PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Starts: 9

Career PGA TOUR Canada Starts: 11

Something Worth Knowing: He earned his 2018 Mackenzie Tour playing privileges via the Qualifying Tournament held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and he is exempt on the 2019 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica by virtue of his ninth-place performance earlier this year in Argentina.  

 

Patrick Cover

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: T8

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: He qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur played at Riviera Country Club, site of the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust. He lost in the first round of match play to current Mackenzie Tour player Dylan Wu, 1-down.