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Clearwater Bay Open

PGA Tour’s ‘relationship issues’ with China will not stop Hong Kong hosting golf event

Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong will go ahead in November, despite the China Series being conspicuous by its absence this year

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 10:49am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 11:45am

The PGA Tour may have “relationship issues” in mainland China, but the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong will go ahead in November.

The Clearwater Bay Open was the first PGA Tour China Series event held outside mainland China last year, but the US organisation has failed to get the series up and running again this season.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan earlier this year blamed “relationship complexities” for the China Series being put on hold.

But Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club officials have negotiated the return of its Open, held for the first time last year and earning rave reviews. The 72-hole tournament will be played from November 2-5.

“We had such a terrific experience in Hong Kong last year, with everything about the Clearwater Bay Open a success,” said Greg Gilligan, managing director of PGA Tour China.

“This is a fabulous club with whom we want to partner for the long term. We look forward to once again playing at this spectacular golf course, not only this year but for years to come.”

Australian Daniel Nisbet beat American Alex Kang in a play-off at the 1.2 million yuan (HK$1.39 million) event last year.

“We are thrilled to again have the opportunity to be both host and title sponsor of the Clearwater Bay Open,” said Wyman Li, chairman of the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.

“We continue to actively promote sports development in the community, particularly junior golf.

“Our affiliation with the PGA Tour will allow us to conduct a world-class event and continue to make an impact in our community.”

Nisbet will bring fond memories when he returns to defend his title.

“This is the most enjoyable week I’ve had on a golf course. This is the most breathtaking course I’ve ever played. It’s hard to play bad golf around here.”