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PGA TOUR China partners with

Shankai Sports Shankai, which has worked with the IOC, FIFA and UEFA, will partner with the PGA TOUR in operating the PGA TOUR China’s new-look from 2018 onwards, boosted by investment from IDG Capital and Yao Capital.

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Foreground left to right: Greg Gilligan, Vice President and Greater China Managing Director, PGA TOUR; Hong Li, Co-founder and Chairwoman, Shankai Sports money. Most importantly, the series still offers the top players membership on the Web.com Tour, which remains the path to the PGA TOUR, a path taken by Zecheng Dou and Xinjun Zhang.” Shankai also announced that it was embarking on its new venture boosted by an RMB300 million investment from private equity firms Yao Capital – whose founders include NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming and investment veteran David Han – and IDG Capital, a leading investment institution which was an early investor in many world-renowned Chinese internet and technology companies. Qualifying schools for PGA TOUR Series-China will start from late January, with the series starting in March.

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hankai Sports has signed an agreement to partner with the PGA TOUR and manage the o p e r a t i o n s o f P G A T OU R China’s new series for a 20-year period from 2018, both parties announced on Thursday. The PGA TOUR China Series was held from 2014 through 2016 and will resume with qualifying schools next month after a year’s hiatus. Beijing-based Shankai will manage the dayto-day operations of the series in partnership with the PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR SeriesChina will continue to reward the top five on its Order of Merit with memberships of the Web. com Tour, the path to the PGA TOUR, and with additional benefits for the next 15 players. A fter 12 events in its f irst t wo years and 13 in 2016, PGA TOUR China’s 2018 series will feature 14 events with purses of R MB1.5 million, 25% higher than in the first three years. Greg Gilligan, PGA TOUR Vice President and Greater China Managing Director, said: “PGA TOUR China is truly thrilled to be partnering with Shankai Sports on the PGA TOUR Series-China. Shankai is a worldclass organization with great experience of connecting the expectations of international sports bodies with an understanding of the Chinese market. “With Shankai as our new partner, PGA TOUR China is proud to say that the series is back - bigger and better. It will have more tournaments and significantly more prize

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