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TCL Classic

The TCL Classic was a men's professional golf tournament which was played on a course designed by American Robert Trent Jones, Jr. at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya on Hainan Island, People's Republic of China four times between 2002 and 2007. The first tournament was hold at Haiyi Golf Club in Dongguan on Guangdong, China, in 2002. It was the first tournament sponsored by the Chinese company TCL Corporation.

The tournament was first played in 2002, when, as an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, it was won by Scotsman Colin Montgomerie. The event was not held in 2003 or 2004 but was reintroduced in 2005 with co-sanctioning from the European Tour consistent with the latter's expansion to China, in which more Tour events are played than in any other country save the United Kingdom. In 2007, the tournament offered a purse of $1,000,000, which fund was one of the smallest amongst those of European Tour events. The TCL Classic was dropped from the 2008 schedule.

Winners

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
2007 Chapchai Nirat  Thailand 266 −22 3 strokes Rafael Echenique
2006 Johan Edfors  Sweden 263 −25 1 stroke Andrew Buckle
2005 Paul Casey  England 266 −22 Playoff Paul McGinley
Prior to European Tour co-sanctioning

External links

  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site


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