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TCL Classic
Tournament information
LocationHainan Island, China
Established2002
Course(s)Yalong Bay Golf Club
Par72
Length7,172 yards (6,558 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour
FormatStroke play
Month playedMarch
Final year2007
Tournament record score
Aggregate263 Johan Edfors (2006)
To par−25 as above
Final champion
Thailand Chapchai Nirat

The TCL Classic was a men's professional golf tournament which was played on a course designed by American Robert Trent Jones, Jr. at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya on Hainan Island, People's Republic of China four times between 2002 and 2007. The first tournament was held at Haiyi Golf Club in Dongguan on Guangdong, China, in 2002. It was the first tournament sponsored by the Chinese company TCL Corporation.

The tournament was first played in 2002, when, as an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, it was won by Scotsman Colin Montgomerie. The event was not held in 2003 or 2004 but was reintroduced in 2005 with co-sanctioning from the European Tour consistent with the latter's expansion to China, in which more Tour events are played than in any other country save the United Kingdom. In 2007, the tournament offered a purse of $1,000,000, which fund was one of the smallest amongst those of European Tour events. The TCL Classic was dropped from the 2008 schedule.

Winners

Year Tour(s)[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
2007 EUR, ASA Thailand Chapchai Nirat 266 −22 3 strokes Argentina Rafael Echenique
2006 EUR, ASA Sweden Johan Edfors 263 −25 1 stroke Australia Andrew Buckle
2005 EUR, ASA England Paul Casey 266 −22 Playoff[b] Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
2003–04: No tournament
2002 ASA Scotland Colin Montgomerie 272 −16 2 strokes Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
  1. ^ ASA − Asian Tour; EUR − European Tour.
  2. ^ Casey won with birdie on second extra hole


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