Tournament officials announced Wednesday that Shanghai's Sheshan Golf Club will host the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2019, marking the third time in the event's 11-year history that it will be held in China.
Organized by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters and the R&A, the tournament offers a spot in the following year's Masters and The Open to its champion while the runner-up receives a spot in final qualifying for The Open. The 2019 edition will be held Sept. 26-29, weeks before Sheshan reprises its role as annual host of the PGA Tour's WGC-HSBC Champions.
Past Asia-Pacific Amateur champions include Hideki Matsuyama (2010-11), who also won a WGC title at Sheshan in 2016, and Guan Tianlang (2014). China's Lin Yuxin won last year's event by three strokes at Royal Wellington in New Zealand, while this fall the tournament will head to Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.
The 2019 announcement means the tournament will return to its roots, given the fact that the inaugural event was held at Mission Hills in Shenzhen back in 2009. China also played host in 2013, when Chang-Woo Lee won at Nanshan International Golf Club.