Volvo China Open

Nicolas Colsaerts, winner of the 2011 Volvo China Open
Nicolas Colsaerts got a nice trophy and his photo taken with the tournament mascot after winning the 2011 Volvo China Open. Ian Walton/Getty Images

The Volvo China Open has been part of the European Tour schedule since 2005, and is cosanctioned by the Asian Tour. The tournament was first played in 1995 and is organized by the China Golf Association. It is 72 holes of stroke play.

2019 Tournament

Mikko Korhonen won the trophy on the first hole of a playoff against Benjamin Herbert. Korhonen and Herbert tied at 268, Korhonen scoring 66 in the final round and Herbert 69. But Korhonen won it with a birdie on the first extra hole. It was Korhonen's second career win on the European Tour.

2018 Volvo China Open
Alexander Bjork birdied the next-to-last hole, parred the final one, and claimed a one-stroke win in China. Bjork finished at 18-under 270; the solo runner-up was Adrian Otaegui. It was the first European Tour victory for Bjork.

2017 Tournament
Alexander Levy won a playoff to become the China Open's first two-time champion. Levy, who also won in 2014, defeated Dylan Frittelli on the first playoff hole with a birdie to Frittelli's par. That was after both finished regulation at 17-under 271. Levy shot 67 in the final round to Frittelli's 74. It was Levy's fourth career win on the European Tour.

China Open Tournament Records:

  • 72 holes: 264 - Nicolas Colsaerts, 2011
  • 18 holes: 61 - Jamie Donaldson, 2011

China Open Golf Courses:

In 2012, the tournament moved to the Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin, which is southeast of Beijing. The course opened in 2011, designed by Schmidt-Curley Design. The tournament has been played in and around Beijing and Shanghai throughout its history, with Shanghai Silport Golf Club and Beijing International Golf Club taking the most turns as host sites.

China Open Trivia and Notes:

  • When Nicolas Colsaerts won this event in 2011, it was the first win by a Belgian golfer on the European Tour since Phillipe Toussaint won the 1974 Benson and Hedges Festival.
  • From its founding in 1995 through 2016, no golfer won the China Open twice. But in 2017, Alexander Levy notched his second victory here.
  • The China Open was once played twice in the same European Tour season. The Euro Tour used to use a "fiscal year," meaning its season did not take place over a Jan.-Dec. calendar year but was played on an (for example) October through October calendar. So the 2006 season actually began in late 2005. And in that 2006 season, the China Open took place in November 2005. The tournament then changed dates, moving up earlier in the year, and so was played again in April 2006. So twice in same season.
  • Wu Ashun, the winner in 2015, was the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour event played in China.

Winners of the Volvo China Open:

2019 - Mikko Korhonen-p, 268
2018 - Alexander Bjork, 270
2017 - Alexander Levy-p, 271
2016 - Li Haotong, 266
2015 - Wu Ashun, 279
2014 - Alexander Levy, 269
2013 - Brett Rumford, 272
2012 - Branden Grace, 267
2011 - Nicolas Colsaerts, 264
2010 - Y.E. Yang, 273
2009 - Scott Strange, 280
2008 - Damien McGrane, 278
2007 - Markus Brier, 274
2006 - Jeev Milkha Singh, 278
2005 - Paul Casey, 275
2004 - Stephen Dodd, 276
2003 - Lian-wei Zhang, 277
2002 - David Gleeson, 272
2001 - Charlie Wi, 272
2000 - Simon Dyson, 275
1999 - Kyi Hla Han, 273
1998 - Ed Fryatt, 269
1997 - Jun Cheng, 280
1996 - Prayad Marksaeng, 269
1995 - Raul Fretes, 277