Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Asian Tour ThrowdownThis week marks the third season opener of the OneAsia Tour, which has offered unparalleled (for the region) purses and may or may not undermine the larger, older Asian Tour. As Reuters' Patrick Johnson explains, there's a turf war in progress, and the biggest shots are probably yet to be fired.

Since OneAsia began with five tournaments in 2009, Asian Tour officials have accused the organization of stealing their events, bringing down their tour and being bankrolled by a sports management company.
OneAsia have promised to have $1 million prize money for each of their events as they attempt to offer Asian players a platform to compete in their home region rather than be forced to play on more lucrative tours overseas...
The Asian Tour, led by former Myanmar professional Kyi Hla Han, have also built a successful product of 25 events for 2011 offering $45 million in prize money as they promote themselves as a tour run by players for the players.
[T]he spat did involve players when the Asian Tour fined and suspended five of its members who played in a OneAsia event last year.
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Among the highlights, he’d allow range finding devices in tournaments, cut down the size of tournament fields and prompt PGA Tour officials to "officiate play more" meaning he wishes officials would follow through in assessing penalties instead of warning and threatening.
He wasn’t quick to jump on the bandwagon that penalizing players is the ultimate answer, rather that penalizing the "right guy," instead of making an example out of a player or two, would be a great start.
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