China in his hands

Callum Tarren produced one of the finest performances of his PGA Tour Series-China career to post a closing round of 62, secure his fourth runner-up finish of the season and capture the tour’s Order of Merit, Player of the Year honours and an exemption into every 2019 Tour tournament.

Rockliffe Hall-based Callum led the tour by just RMB 2,376 (approx. £264) from second placed Charlie Saxon following the season-ending Clearwater Bay Open. 

Callum said: “I’m over the moon. I honestly didn’t have one clue what I needed to pip Charlie. I just thought I would try to win the golf tournament. For me to go out and shoot an eight under-par 62 in the final round is very special. It sounds crazy, but if I perform like that at any level and keep coming second, you’re going to do well. Hopefully there’s a win around the corner on the Tour.”

Although Callum is winless on the PGA Tour Series-China, he has been remarkably consistent in recording four runner-up finishes and nine top-10s while not missing a cut in his 15 starts this season. His second-place performances came in the season-opening Chengdu Championship, a playoff loss at the Kunming Championship, a one-shot loss at the Qingdao Championship and at the Clearwater Bay Open.

The 2019 Tour season, the 30th in its history, begins in mid-January at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay (January 13-16) before The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club (January 20-23).

In 2013 the Tour became The Path to the PGA Tour by awarding 50 membership cards to Tour players for the following PGA Tour season. Players can initially qualify for the Tour through the Qualifying Tournament or by securing top-five Order of Merit finishes in China, on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica and on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.