Born in Hunan, China, he first played the Volvo China Open as an amateur in 2011. In 2014 he won three times on the PGA Tour China to earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following year. Came close to his European Tour breakthrough in 2015 at the Shenzhen International before earning full playing status in 2016 by becoming the second successive winner of his national Open. Earned his biggest pay cheque on the European Tour by finishing third in the Open Championship in 2017.
Li ended the year in 17th place in the Race to Dubai after a high successful run of results. Already this season he has finished in the top 20 at the UBS Hong Kong Open and 4th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.
During the recent EurAsia Cup matches in Kuala Lumpur, Li remained unbeaten in all three of his matches against European opposition, culminating in a 3&1 singles victory over British Masters champion Paul Dunne on the final day.
2018 has been a rewarding year for Haotong Li as he won the Dubai Dessert Classic in February, defeating Rory Mcilroy in a battle down the stretch. Currently ranked 42nd in the world, Li finds himself 10th in the standings for the European Tour's Race to Dubai after an impressive run down the stretch finishing 2nd at the Turkish Airlines Open, after a tough playoff battle with Justin Rose.