Bandon’s Brian O’Donovan is a busy man, building his career in China. Having moved there a few months ago he popped up on the PGA Tour China last weekend. The competition was the Buick Open, and Brian made the entry list thanks to a qualifier earlier in the week. He travelled from his base in Shenzhen to Guangdong to try his hand on the Asian arm of the PGA Tour.
O’Donovan was the only European taking part, and he was guaranteed two rounds before the 36 hole cut. An opening round 75 was followed by a level par 72, which was good enough to make the cut for the weekend. He went on to shoot two high rounds kept him out of contention. In fairness to O’Donovan he acknowledges the weekend scores were a disappointment: “Obviously I’m very disappointed with performance over the weekend but all in all was a good week and great experience. I was happy to have got through the Monday qualifier as there was only 10 got into event. Making the cut was the goal then but as I say I was disappointed with performance over the weekend.” The golfer faced a setback last summer as an injury sidelined him during his final year as an assistant. This obviously limited his game time so getting back on the course in a competitive event suits the popular Corkman.
O’Donovan was part of the winning Bandon team that won the Irish Senior Cup title in 2010, it was the first time the club won the national title. He turned pro shortly after and regularly featured on the PGA Irish Region in addition to winning a number of Assistants competitions. After serving his time with Stephen Hayes in Douglas GC Pro Shop, he graduated as a PGA Professional late last year. He’s now part of the Academy team at the largest golf resort in the world, the Mission Hills resort boasts 12 courses and an extensive academy. O’Donovan is one a large team of instructors at the popular resort.