February 26, 2019

Players to Watch: Second Global Qualifying Tournament

PHOTO: Lloyd Jefferson Go

 

PGA TOUR Series-China just completed its second Qualifying Tournament and the first of three Global Qualifying Tournaments. Foison Golf Club will host another Qualifying Tournament this week, a tournament featuring 120 players who will compete in the 72-hole event that offers membership cards for the 2019 PGA TOUR China-Series season. The winner of the tournament will be fully exempt, with those finishing between second and 12th earning a full exemption for the first six tournaments, with those placing 13th to 35th (and ties) picking up conditional playing status.

Here is a look at five players to watch this week.

Jonathan Diianni

United States

He played his freshman season of college at Purdue University before transferring to North Carolina’s Elon University, where he was the Colonial Athletica Association 2016 Scholar Athlete of the Year. . A year ago, he was PGA TOUR Latinoamerica member, playing in 10 events and making two cuts—his best finish a tie for 46th at the Neuquen Argentina Classic.

Lloyd Jefferson Go

Philippines

Go played in two 2018 PGA TOUR Series-China tournaments as an amateur, tying for 31st in his debut at the Chongqing Championship. After turning pro, he also played in additional professional tournaments in China, again having success in Chongqing, tying for third. The former Seton Hall golfer spent four seasons in New Jersey, earning 2017 Big East Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior.  

Patrick Cover

U.S.

Earlier this year, Cover qualified for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and hopes to hold dual membership this season. While still a student at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, he qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur played at Riviera Country Club, site of the PGA TOUR’s Genesis Open. He lost in the first round of match play to current Mackenzie Tour player Dylan Wu, 1-down.

Simon Viitakangas

Australia

Playing at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Viitakangas won the Master of the Amateurs event, defeating fellow Aussies Todd Sinnott and Lucas Herbert. He most recently played full time on the PGA Tour of Australasia in 2016 after missing on earning his PGA TOUR Series-China card at the Kunming Qualifying Tournament.

Cyril Bouniol

France

Bouniol has played on the European Challenge Tour as recently as 2016 and 2017, and he made the cut in both of his 2018 Web.com Tour appearances, a tie for 39th at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in late-July his top performance.