The current merit leader is skipping this week’s Volvo China Open after a failed attempt at the second stage of the US PGA Tour Qualifying School last week but has committed to play at The Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling.
The US$800,000 championship, jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, is the penultimate event on the 2004 Asian Tour season. It is also the second leg of the 2005 European Tour Schedule.
English duo Nick Dougherty and Simon Dyson, the 2000 Volvo China Open champion, Frenchman Philippe Lima and Dutchman Robert Jan Derksen represent the new breed of rising stars on the European Tour.
Wi finished tied fourth at Oak Valley Golf Club, thanks to an accomplished three-under-par 69 in the final round for a four-day total of 274. Joining him in the all important Finals where 35 US PGA Tour cards are at stake is former Asian old hand, Jim Rutledge of
At Black Horse Golf Club, Porter carded a 72 to finished tied second along with another former Asian regular Jerry Smith. Fran Quinn, a two time winner in Asia, was tied fifth on 281 while Felton squeezed through in tied 11th place after a final day 71.
November 17: Asian Tour member Adam Groom missed out on a European Tour card for the 2005 season after finishing one shot shy from the mark at the Qualifying School Finals in
The Australian, ranked 14th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, had a six-day total of 440 to finish in joint 40th place at the San Roque Club. A total of 39 players survived the test and earned their cards.
Groom had rounds of 74, 73 and 70 before shooting an 80 which slowed down his progress dramatically. He carded scores of 71 and 72 in the final two rounds but it proved futile.
The 33-year-old Bjorn will be one of the main draw cards at Shanghai Silport Golf Club from November 25-28 and on top of his mind would be to achieve success in a region which has yielded two victories in the past.
He will join the likes of Ryder Cup hero Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, sixth on the European Tour Order of Merit this year, and former British Open champion Paul Lawrie in the fray at the Volvo China Open, jointly sanctioned for the first time by the Asian and European Tours.
McGinley enjoyed a stellar season with eight top-10 finishes this year and could well challenge for the Volvo China Open title at Shanghai Silport Golf Club from November 25-28.
Other top names who have entered for the US$1 million championship, jointly sanctioned for the first time by the Asian and European Tours, include 1999 British Open champion Lawrie and England’s Brian Davis, Barry Lane and Gary Emerson, Ulsterman Graeme McDowell and South African Richard Sterne, all whom have tasted success on the European Tour this year.