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China to host inaugural Dynasty Cup

Mission Hills Golf Club in southern China will host next year's inaugural Dynasty Cup team event between Japan and the Rest of Asia, the Asian PGA Tour announced on Monday.

The Ryder-Cup style tournament, to be played on a biennial basis, will feature 12-man teams representing the Japan Golf Tour and the Asian Tour.

It is scheduled to take place for the first time from March 14-16, 2003.

Japan will be captained by Isao Aoki -- the only Japanese player to have won on both the U.S. and European Tours -- while Taiwan's Hsieh Min-nan will lead the Rest of Asia team. Both will act as non-playing captains.

Mission Hills -- the region's largest golf club with five 18-hole courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Jumbo Ozaki -- hosted the 1995 World Cup of Golf won by Americans Fred Couples and Davis Love III.

Organisers have not yet decided which layout will be used for the Dynasty Cup.

The Japan team will comprise the Japan Golf Tour's leading 10 players, based on an 18-month ranking system, plus two captain's picks.

The Rest of Asia team will feature the Asian Tour's top eight players, also based on a points system, plus four wildcard picks.

Mission Hills lies just outside Shenzhen, close to China's border with Hong Kong.


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