15 Things You Didn't Know About Haotong Li

Get to know the two-time European Tour winner a little better...

Haotong Li
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Get to know the two-time European Tour winner a little better...

15 Things You Didn't Know About Haotong Li

Get to know the Chinese player with these 15 facts.

15 Things You Didn't Know About Haotong Li

1. He started playing golf aged 10 and played in junior tournaments around the Beijing area

2. He lives in Shanghai

3. He won the 2010 Volvo China Junior Match Play at the age of 14 to qualify for the 2011 Volvo China Open

Li at the age of 12 -

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4. He turned pro in 2011 aged 16

5. In 2016 he became the youngest winner of the China Open on the European Tour, aged 20, when an inspired final round of 64, eight under par, saw him win by three

6. When Li won the Nanshan China Masters at the age of 19 in 2014, he became the youngest ever winner on the OneAsia Tour

7. He won the Order of Merit in the inaugural PGA Tour China season, where he won three times

8. That season earned him full status on the Web.com Tour, now known as the Korn Ferry Tour, where Li became the first ever Chinese member

9. His second European Tour victory came at the 2018 Dubai Desert Classic, where he duelled Rory McIlroy in the final round

10. He became the first ever Chinese man to reach the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking

11. He shot a 63 in the final round of the 2017 Open to finish 3rd

12. Li represented China at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

13. He cites his interests at computer games, billiards and sports

14. He plays a mean forehand topspin table tennis shot:

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15. One of the toughest adjustments he had to make when he earned his European Tour card was his diet. "It sounds strange but I had grown up on a traditional Chinese diet of rice and noodles and suddenly I was in airports and hotels around the world having to get used to all different types of diets and food. It made me quite sick early on and homesick," he told the European Tour

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x