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European Golf Tour
PGA European - Volvo China Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th
SITE: Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China
COURSE ARCHITECT: Unknown (1995), Neil Haworth (2008)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,145
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 358 Yds10 - Par 4 408 Yds
2 - Par 5 547 Yds11 - Par 4 325 Yds
3 - Par 3 186 Yds12 - Par 3 205 Yds
4 - Par 4 437 Yds13 - Par 5 543 Yds
5 - Par 4 475 Yds14 - Par 4 418 Yds
6 - Par 4 375 Yds15 - Par 4 470 Yds
7 - Par 4 401 Yds16 - Par 3 204 Yds
8 - Par 3 226 Yds17 - Par 5 575 Yds
9 - Par 5 536 Yds18 - Par 4 456 Yds
36 3,541 Yds36 3,604 Yds
Annual:  20th (11th year as part of European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 12:30-4:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Friday -- 1-5 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Brett Rumford
Runner-Up:  Mikko Ilonen
Tournament Record:  264 (Nicolas Colsaerts, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Nicolas Colsaerts, 2011; Branden Grace, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Jamie Donaldson, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Jamie Donaldson, 2011 - Luxehills International CC)
Total Purse:  $3,206,596
Shares:  1st Place - $539,054; 2nd Place - $359,369; 3rd Place - $202,471
2013 Finish
Brett Rumford272Pablo Larrazabal279
Mikko Ilonen276Andreas Harto280
Victor Dubuisson277Four players at281
Robert-Jan Derksen278
Ricardo Santos279
Past Volvo China Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Brett Rumford (272) -- Mikko Ilonen
2012Branden Grace (267) -- Nicolas Colsaerts
2011Nicolas Colsaerts (264) -- S. Kjeldsen, Pe. Lawrie, P. Martin, D. Lee
2010Y.E. Yang (273) -- Stephen Dodd, Rhys Davies
2009Scott Strange (280) -- Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
2008Damien McGrane (278) -- Oliver Wilson, Simon Griffiths, M. Lorenzo-Vera
2007Markus Brier (274) -- Scott Hend, Graeme McDowell, Andrew McLardy
2006Jeev Milkha Singh (278) -- Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
2005*Paul Casey (275) -- Oliver Wilson
2004Stephen Dodd (276) -- Thomas Bjorn
2003Lian-Wei Zhang (277) -- Thaworn Wiratchant
2002David Gleeson (272) -- Pablo Del Olmo
2001Charlie Wi (272) -- Thongchai Jaidee
2000Simon Dyson (275) -- Jyoti Randhawa
1999Kyi Hla Han (273) -- Christian Pena
1998Edward Fryatt (269) -- Takeshi Ohyama
1997Jun Cheng (280) -- Adrian Percey
1996Prayad Marksaeng (269) -- Yu-Shu Hsieh
1995Raul Fretes (277) -- Ying-Juh Lai

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Brett RumfordT-33mcT-22T-29Won
Mikko IlonenmcT-4---T-642nd
Paul WaringT-57mcT-22---T-21
Damien McGraneT-38T-17T-22T-23T-29
Soren Kjeldsen------T-2T-29T-33
Peter Whiteford---T-28T-16T-18T-61
Scott StrangeWonmcmcT-29mc
Nicolas Colsaerts---T-8Won2nd---
Ian Poulter---------T-29---
Henrik Stenson---T-8---------
Jason Dufner---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Henrik Stenson
Darkhorse - Danny Willett
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Richie Ramsay) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The 2014 European Tour season continues this week in China with the
20th installment of the Volvo China Open. This is the 11th year that this tournament is part of the European Tour International Schedule. Genzon Golf Club will host this event for the first time.

Only three players ranked in the top 50 of the world rankings are in the field - Henrik Stenson (3), American Jason Dufner (17) and Ian Poulter (22). Stenson is still looking for his first win of 2014 following an outstanding 2013 season. He only has one top-10 finish in 2014, a tie for 5th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour.

This week's tournament is the 80th European Tour event to which Volvo has attached its name, with the 1987 Volvo Belgian Open being the first of its extensive portfolio which now stretches into a fourth decade.

Last year, Australian Brett Rumford fired four rounds in the 60s and cruised to a 4-stroke victory over Mikko Ilonen. Rumford, who also won the Ballantine's Championship the week prior, finished 72 holes at 16-under 272 and became the 31st player to secure back-to-back titles on the European Tour. The last Australian to record back-to-back wins on the European Tour was Jack Newton in 1972.

Amateur Wo-cheng Ye of China became the youngest player to compete in a European Tour event last year at the age of 12 years and 242 days old. Ye missed the cut after carding consecutive 79s in the first two rounds. The previous record was held by Tianlang Guan, who was 13 years and 177 days old in this event in 2012.

Branden Grace carded rounds of 67-67-64-69 to cruise to a 3-stroke win over 2011 champion Nicolas Colsaerts in 2012. Grace finished at 21-under 267 for his third of four wins in 2012. The South African became just the second player in European Tour history to win three times in one season after graduating from Q-School the year before. Johan Edfors was the first to do so in 2006. Only Seve Ballesteros and Sandy Lyle won at least three titles in one season at a younger age than the 23-year-old Grace. He joined Ernie Els and Retief Goosen as the only South Africans to win at least three times in one season on the European Tour.

Colsaerts fired four rounds in the 60s to earn his first European Tour victory in 2011. Colsaerts finished his record-breaking win at 24-under-par 264. The previous 72-hole scoring record at this event was 269, which Prayad Marksaeng set in 1996 and Edward Fryatt matched in 1998. Colsaerts also set the 54-hole scoring mark. He joined Phillipe Touissant as the only two Belgians to win on the European Tour. In a week of great scoring, the tournaments' 18-, 36-, 54- and 72-hole scoring records were all set and 73 of the 75 players who made the cut finished under par for the tournament.

In 2008, Damien McGrane shot rounds of 68-69-68-73 to earn his first European Tour win. McGrane completed the event at 10-under-par 274. That was good for a 9-stroke victory over Oliver Wilson, Simon Griffiths and Michael Lorenzo-Vera. Scores soared in tough conditions during the final round and McGrane's 1-over 73 tied for the second best score of the day.

Paul Casey defeated fellow Englishman Oliver Wilson on the first playoff hole to win the title in 2005. It was the first and only playoff in the history of the tournament.

The European Tour International Schedule continues next week with The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore, where Rumford captured the title in 2013 when it was known as the Ballantine's Championship.

04/22 16:34:57 ET

As of April 22, 2014, at 04:35 PM ET

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