Hong Kong: It took until the final tournament of the 2018 season – and a razor-thin margin of RMB2,376 – for Callum Tarren to win the PGA Tour Series-China Order of Merit.
His final-round 62 at the Clearwater Bay Open did the trick. Tarren needed no worse than a solo-second finish and for Order of Merit front-runner Charlie Saxon to tie for 24th or worse and both things happened (Saxon tied for 25th), earning Tarren full playing privileges on the 2019 Web.com Tour.
Tarren, a native of Darlington, England, in his second season on PGA Tour Series-China, finished with RMB1,094,600 to take over the top spot on the earnings list from American Saxon, who amassed RMB1,092,224.
After Tarren and Saxon, the third, fourth and fifth-place finishers were New Zealand’s Nick Voke, winner of Sunday’s Clearwater Bay Open, Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihira and South Korean Todd Baek. The players received their membership cards during a ceremony following the final event of the season, the Clearwater Bay Open.
Tarren began his year quickly, with a tie for second at the Chengdu Championship. It ended up being one of four runner-up finishes. Combined with the two second-place performances he had in 2016, Tarren has tied China’s Zhang Xinjun for most seconds in Tour history.
“I’m ecstatic and over the moon. I honestly didn’t have one clue what I needed to do to pip Charlie. I just thought I would try to win the golf tournament. For me to go out to shoot eight-under 62 in the final round at Clearwater Bay is very special,” Tarren said. “It sounds crazy, but if I perform like that at any level and keep coming second, you’re going to do well. Obviously, it would be nice to win. Hopefully there’s a win around the corner on the Web.com Tour.”
Greg Carlson, PGA Tour Series-China Executive Director, said: “Callum has really made an impact in his two years on this Tour. It’s been a pleasure to watch him play so well. I think what impresses me most is his calmness on the course and just how consistent he is.
“To do what he did without winning speaks to how consistent and steady he is. I have always admired how he continuously put himself in position to contend for so many weeks this year. To me, that’s a sign of a great player. It was a terrific year for Callum but not terribly surprising since we knew what kind of game he had when he played here in 2016. We wish him nothing but the best on the Web.com Tour.”
The players who finished in sixth-through-10th positions on the Order of Merit are exempt into the finals of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament in Chandler, Arizona, on December 6-9. They are Joseph Winslow (sixth), Motin Yeung (seventh), Jeffrey Kang (eighth), Trevor Sluman (ninth) and William Harrold (10th).
The 2019 Web.com Tour season, the 30th in its history, begins at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay from January 13-16, followed by The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club (January 20-23).
Beginning in 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA Tour by awarding all 50 membership cards to Web.com Tour players for the following PGA Tour season. Players can initially qualify for the Web.com Tour through the Qualifying Tournament and by securing top-five Order of Merit finishes on PGA Tour Series-China, PGA Tour Latinoamérica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada.