QINHUANGDAO, CHINA(May 13 ,2019)―Australia’s Corey Hale has Monday qualified into a PGA TOUR Series-China event for a fourth time this season after winning the Qinhuangdao Championship qualifier with a 3-under 69. The only event Hale didn’t Monday-qualify into was the Haikou Championship, which he directly qualified for when he tied for 11th at the Sanya Championship the week before.
Hale carded four birdies and one bogey at Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club to remain perfect in open qualifiers this year and will play in his fifth consecutive Tour event, starting Thursday.
Nine other players also qualified for the event, including fellow Australian Hayden Webb, who earned the final spot when he birdied the first playoff hole to defeat China’s Lei Gao and amateur Yanzhang Wang.
Hale played a full season on the Tour in 2018 but was unable to keep full status this year by the narrowest of margins. The top-50 players on the Order of Merit retained their cards and Hale finished 52nd.
Despite that disappointment, Hale does have good memories in Qinhuangdao. At the 2018 event, Hale recorded his sole top-10 on the Tour after an opening 69 and a closing 68 helped him tie for 10th.
“I played well here last year and came 10th with a strong final round. I seem to like it here. It’s a pretty nice place. The course is in great condition and I think the course just really suits me,” he said.
This year, Hale has missed three cuts, but he also tied for 11th at the Tour’s third event, in Sanya, and is hoping for another strong finish this week as he looks to earn back his spot on the Tour when the re-shuffle―based on 2019 player performance―occurs after next week’s Nantong Championship.
“I’d like to be up there with a chance to win. My game is in a good spot, and I know I can shoot well here,” said Hale. “For some reason I’ve been playing really well in the Mondays, but now I need to make it count and I want to get back onto this Tour.”
Tournament Fast Fact
This is the second Qinhuangdao Championship. New Zealand’s Nick Voke, a current Web.com Tour member, won the event at 12-under, defeating England’s Steve Lewton in a playoff.
Monday Qualifier Weather Report
Sunny. High of 70. Wind SSW at 15 mph.