HSBC gets half a nod


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The PGA Tour policy board took a step toward bringing the WGC-HSBC Champions event further into the fold at its meeting last month at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla.

The event was added to the Tour schedule last year but because of when it’s played, November, it did not count as an official victory and earnings did count toward official money. The board voted to make a victory in China official, bringing with it a two-year Tour exemption, but only for circuit members.

However, cash earned at the event, which is scheduled this year for Nov. 4-7 just before the season-finale at Disney, will not count.

“We talked about it last year,” said Andy Pazder, the Tour’s senior vice president of tournament administration. “There was some concern from a money standpoint. With such a large purse ($7 million) there was a concern about how much an impact it would make on the money list that late in the season.”

The easiest solution would be to move the HSBC more toward the middle of the season, or Disney to China, and neither idea has much of a chance.