BEIJING, China— In response to the coronavirus that has developed in Mainland China, PGA TOUR Series-China announced Tuesday it is moving its Global Qualifying Tournament from Haikou, China, to Lagoi, Indonesia, just outside Singapore. Laguna Golf Bintan is the new host of the Qualifying Tournament set for February 25-28 that will help determine membership for the 2020 PGA TOUR Series-China season. The Tour notified all players who were originally in the Haikou Qualifying Tournament field of the change earlier Tuesday.
“We felt this change was the best course of action considering what’s happening in China right now,” said Greg Carlson, PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director. “Our existing relationship with the golf course and its staff made this a relatively seamless change. It is a very good golf course, and we very much appreciate Laguna Golf Bintan and its leadership accommodating us and helping this come together so quickly.”
PGA TOUR Series-China has already held the first of its three Qualifying Tournaments in early January in Guangzhou, a tournament for Mainland China passport holders. The other two Qualifying Tournaments, including this event at Laguna Golf Bintan, is for those players from outside Mainland China. The second Global Qualifying Tournament is scheduled for March 3-6 at Laguna Golf Phuket in Phuket, Thailand.
Tour officials, both those in China and at PGA TOUR headquarters in Florida, continue to assess the coronavirus situation and its potential impact on PGA TOUR Series-China, which earlier announced it would start its 2020 season with the Sanya Championship in Sanya, China, on March 26-29.
“The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans and all who are associated with PGA TOUR Series-China tournaments is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor what’s happening in China and how it might affect the start of our regular season.”
PGA TOUR Series-Qualifying Tournaments are 72-hole events that allow top performers to earn exempt and conditional membership for that season. World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman originally designed Laguna Golf Bintan, which underwent a renovation in 2016.
About PGA TOUR Series-China
PGA TOUR Series-China is a professional golf tour, featuring open-competition to all nationalities. PGA TOUR Series-China attracts players, mainly from Asia and other Pacific Rim countries, although members have come from five continents. PGA TOUR Series-China is owned and operated by the PGA TOUR and sanctioned by the General Administration of Sport of China. It operates in partnership with the China Golf Association and Shankai Sports. The leading 10 points earners at the end of each season earn status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the following year.