Volvo China Open History

BEIJING - APRIL 15: A general view of the Beijing Honghua International Golf Club during a dust storm durng the third round of the Volvo China Open on April 15, 2006 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Andrew Wong/Getty Images)
The Volvo China Open began in 1995 as an Asian Tour event that changed the face of golf in China. The inaugural Volvo China Open debuted on the Asian Tour with a US$400,000 prize fund. Golf in China was – and still is – undergoing massive growth and this tournament is one of the events that have developed tremendous local interest in the sport.

2004 is an important year in Volvo China Open history because it was in this year that the event was first co-sanctioned by the European Tour and came to international prominence. In 2004, the event was won by British golfer Stephan Dodd; in the tournaments that have been staged since the European Tour sanctioning, European winners have won three of the four events.

The Volvo China Open tournament has undergone incredible growth since 1995. Every year the Volvo China Open prize money has increased. It stood at over two million US dollars in 2008. It is expected that the 2009 Volvo China Open will offer an even larger purse.

In Volvo China Open history, the tournament has attracted many European Tour regulars and world renowned international golfers, including the likes of England’s Paul Casey.

As well as extensive coverage in China, the Volvo China Open has been picked up by international sports broadcasters such as ESPN. This has created interest for golf fans that are looking for more from their golfing fix than the Ryder Cup Matches and the four golf Majors – the British Open, the US Open Golf Championship, the US PGA Championship and the US Masters Golf Tournament. William Hill’s live golf betting allows you to test your more informed golfing knowledge at the heart of the action!

The Volvo China Open moves every year to another top golf course in China. This course rotation makes the event an ongoing challenge for many of the pros. The 2009 event will be staged at the Beijing CBD International Golf Club – a stylish, intricate course that is one of the best in China.

As the growth of golf in China continues unabated, the Volvo China Open takes centre stage, demonstrating the increasing worldwide interest in Asian golf. As part of a commitment to golfing development in the region, the winners of the Volvo World Junior Championship gain automatic entry to the Volvo China Open.