Lutterus tops PGA Tour China Series qualifying

David Lutterus maintained his commanding seven-shot overnight lead to win the PGA TOUR China Series first qualifying tournament in Shenzhen last week.

Lutterus shot an even-par 72—his worst round of the week—to defeat Benjamin Lein by four shots with Taiwan’s Kuan Po Lin and New Zealand’s Matthew Perry tied for third seven shots back.

David Lutterus David Lutterus (Credit: PGA Tour China Series)

Lutterus led a group of 20 players who emerged from this event holding exempt status for the inaugural PGA TOUR China Series season, which begins next month.

“I had a lot of things not go my way, I had a couple of bad breaks and didn’t score well. But I was well inside the number, so it was all good,” Lutterus said. “Obviously to win is nice. I didn’t quite have it today, but it was enough.”

In addition to Lutterus, five other Australians also earned cards: Aaron Townsend (T8th), Scott Laycock (T10th), Ryan Haller (T14th) and Gavin Flint (T17th) among the 20 full cards available.

Added Lutterus “I’m excited for the year and excited to play in China. It’s my first time here and I’ve really enjoyed the place. I’m looking forward to getting the Tour started and hopefully finishing top-five on the money list.”

The PGA TOUR China Series will hold its final qualifying tournament March 18-21, at Mission Hills Golf Club’s Sandbelt Trails Course in Haikou with the inaugural season beginning on April 17.