Beijing, China: Chinese teen sensation Dou Zecheng has signed with IMG for worldwide management and marketing representation.
Nineteen-year-old Dou, a graduate of the China Golf Association-HSBC Junior Programme, which is run in conjunction with IMG, enjoyed a record-breaking season on the China PGA Tour.
Dou’s breakthrough win came at the season-opening Henan Open after a two-hole play-off with countryman Zhang Xinjun.
He went on to win three more titles – United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open, Sunning Estate Nanjing Zhongshan Open and the Yulongwan Yunnan Open.
Dou was awarded Player of the Year honours and finished first on the China PGA Tour Order of Merit.
He made all 13 cuts and set a single-season earning record of RMB1,144,350. Additionally, he has now won playing rights on the Web.com Tour for the 2017 season.
Finishing a credible 40th in the 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions this year, Dou said: “I am delighted to be joining IMG. I am really excited to have qualified for the Web.com Tour and am looking forward to playing in America.
“I chose IMG to manage me because they have offices all over the world and a really experienced client team who will help me make the transition to playing in America.”
IMG is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
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