Shanghai, China: Dou Zecheng could scarcely believe it as he became the first Chinese golfer to earn a prized PGA Tour card, saying his rise to the world’s richest circuit was “going to be pretty big”.
It completes a historic month for Chinese golf after Li Haotong finished third at the British Open at Royal Birkdale — China’s best performance in a men’s major.
Li’s remarkable 63 in his final round saw him mentioned as a future major-winner, but the slight Dou — also known as Marty — stole the limelight on Sunday when the 20-year-old won the Digital Ally Open in Kansas on the Web.com Tour.
He was the first Chinese player to win on the tour, which is the development competition for the PGA, but his three-stroke victory came with an even greater prize.
“I was talking to my team and I didn’t know if I needed to keep practising or get more experience on the Web.com Tour instead of trying to get to the PGA Tour so fast,” Dou told pgatour.com.