As the PGA TOUR China Series enters a planned eight-week break in its schedule, Xin Jun Zhang, winner of last week’s Earls Beijing Open, goes into the hiatus as the new leader of the Order of Merit.
Zhang began the week in third place, but his victory, worth ￥216,000, moved him ￥194,312 ahead of No. 2 Brett Drewitt (￥294,288). Sam Chien, who led the Order of Merit for the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 3 after missing the cut in Beijing. The remainder of the top five in the Order of Merit is made up of 2014 tournament winners, with J.H. Wang in fourth position (￥284,400) and David McKenzie in fifth (￥245,082).
Zhang’s first win as a pro also helped him move up 155 places in the Official World Golf Ranking, to a career-best No. 412. Mathew Perry, the runner-up in Beijing, was previously unranked and is now 889th in the OWGR. Lucas Lee improved to a career-best 691st after his tie for third.
Zhang is also the third-ranked China-born player in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind the European Tour’s Wen Chong Liang (No. 167) and Ashun Wu (No. 170).
Taiwan’s Shih Chang Chan continues as the PGA TOUR China Series’ top-ranked player. He is 251st this week, followed by Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij (277th) and South Korea’s Wang (No. 388).
Source: PGA Tour China