Even Charlie Saxon himself questions how a guy from Tulsa, Oklahoma has managed to lead the all-time PGA TOUR Series-China money list.
But as Saxon looks forward to a return to the Web.com Tour – and a trip to Final Stage first to try and improve his 2019 status – he says the experience in Asia has been invaluable for his growth as a professional.
“Playing in China (has) been really instrumental to help me learn what it means to be a pro, travel and find my game,” says Saxon. “I built a foundation that’s going to last me through a lot of years of professional golf.
“And outside of golf, it’s been just a neat life experience to see parts of the world I never would have dreamed of seeing, and probably will never seen again. It’s been fun for sure.”
The 24-year-old took a fortuitous route to end up on PGA TOUR Series-China to begin with.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Saxon’s original objective was to play on the Web.com Tour via Q-School, but his first attempt at Second Stage fell short. He signed up late for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Q-School (“I didn’t realize all those sites filled up in 10 minutes,” he says) and decided to head to China.
He had only been to Asia once in his life – a week-long adventure in the Philippines – but China, he says, was a whole different experience.
“I went over there on a whim, thinking it was my best opportunity,” he explains.