European tour will visit China in 2004

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- The European tour will visit
China for the first time next year with the BMW Asian Open in

The tournament at Thomson Golf Club will be held on May 13-16,
falling between the British Masters in Meriden, England, on May 6-9
and the Deutsche Bank tournament in Heidelberg, Germany, on May

With three of the 44 events still to be confirmed, the tour will
visit 23 countries.

The 2004 tour already has started, with Padraig Harrington
winning the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.