The European Challenge Tour returns to China this week for the Hainan Open and we’ve crunched the numbers to bring you the facts and figures for this week’s event.
2 – There have been two previous editions of the Hainan Open, with the first occurring in 2016. Germany’s Alex Knappe won that particular event, before Erik van Rooyen triumphed last year.
570 – the length, in yards, of the longest two holes at Hainan. Both par fives, the sixth and 18th holes both measure 570 yards and pose the age-old challenge of risk and reward for those teeing it up. Go for an eagle at the last, or play conservatively? Decisions, decisions.
2008 – Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, the venue for the Hainan Open, first opened in 2008. Situated ten minutes outside the busy Sanya City, Sanya Luhuitou is the southernmost golf course in China and features two ocean view fairways and 15 lagoon fairways.
1 – There has only been one hole-in-one in the history of the Hainan Open. The history maker was Matthew Perry, who achieved the feat in 2017. Playing in the second round in Hainan, he aced the par three 16th after holing out from 183 yards with a seven iron.
36 – holes. The 2016 Hainan open was reduced to 36 holes due to torrential rain conditions which meant the first round took three days to complete. The decision was taken to reduce the tournament to 36 holes and the second – and final – round took place the following day.
2021 – is when the current agreement to host the Hainan Open will end. An agreement was reached between the Challenge Tour, the Hainan Provincial Administrative of Tour Sporting Events and Hainan Sporting Events Co. Ltd to extend the partnership for three years.
15 – players will graduate onto the European Tour at the end of the season. Of those 15 in the previous two years, both have included the Hainan Open winner. Alex Knappe earned his card for 2017 following victory in China in 2016, as did van Rooyen following his triumph last year.
6,198 – the distance, in miles, between County Monaghan, the location of last week’s Monaghan Irish Challenge, and Sanya, the picturesque venue for this week’s event.
3 – Challenge Tour events in China this year. The Belt and Road Colorful Yunnan Open was won by Kim Koivu for the first of his three Challenge Tour victories this year in April, the first event of the season in China. The Hainan Open takes place this week before the trip to mainland China for the Foshan Open next week.
350,000 – the amount, in dollars, which the field will be competing for this week. The combination of the Hainan Open and Foshan Open means the players will be competing for an enormous $850,000 across the next two weeks.