Non-Existent China Course To Host World Cup

The Asian Tour announced that the World Cup will be played biennially at Mission Hills Hainan, which, as Dan Washburn notes, has not been officially acknowledged by its developer until today's announcement.

There will be no World Cup this year, and the event will continue as a biennial tournament, occurring on odd years, so as not to conflict with Olympic golf, which starts in 2016. The change of locations is not really a surprise — I told you it might happen in the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and Foreign Policy — but this does represent, as far as I know, the first admission in the media that Mission Hills Hainan is more than myth. If you recall, last year Mission Hills vice chairman Ken Chu denied its existence to me prior to my Hainan trip for the FT story.