Bright Out­look On And Off The Course

Full steam ahead for the Asian Tour in 2017

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - BY JOSH BURACK, ASIAN TOUR CEO IM­AGES © THE ASIAN TOUR

It has been a busy and re­ward­ing year for the Asian Tour in 2017 thus far and my team and I have em­braced the chal­lenges to sus­tain what we have seen as pos­i­tive growth in the last few months. Our tal­ented players and staff mem­bers are truly ex­cited with the re­cent an­nounce­ment that we will re­turn to China af­ter an eight-year hia­tus.

We are now work­ing ex­tremely hard to stamp our re­turn by stag­ing Asian Tour events along with our part­ners, the China Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, in the Mid­dle King­dom once again. Hope­fully I will be able to share more de­tails with all of you in my next col­umn, so stay tuned.

I’m de­lighted to re­veal that we are on the verge of an­nounc­ing a new Tour Part­ner. It will be a very ex­cit­ing part­ner­ship which will en­hance the earn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties of our mem­ber­ship which is one of our key ob­jec­tives as an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In my last col­umn I wrote about the land­mark an­nounce­ments which will see the Asian Tour break­ing fresh ground at the Fiji In­ter­na­tional later this year. In March, we also had 10 Asian Tour mem­bers fea­tur­ing for the first time in the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open, an event which we hope to fully sanc­tion from next yeare on­wards with the PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia.

I’m happy to add that we will be launch­ing new events on our 2017 Sched­ule very soon and this will cre­ate even more play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to our tal­ented mem­bers. Th­ese are in­deed ex­cit­ing times for the

Asian Tour and I’m glad to be a part of it!

The com­mer­cial out­look for the game in

Asia and the Asian Tour looks very pos­i­tive, which mir­rors the great per­for­mances of our mem­bers in re­cent months.

I’m sure many of you watched the TV broad­casts or closely fol­lowed the Hero In­dian Open on www.asian­tour.com and our so­cial me­dia plat­forms and joined us in cel­e­brat­ing S.S.P. Chawra­sia’s stun­ning vic­tory in March. The In­dian star bril­liantly re­tained his ti­tle in sen­sa­tional style, win­ning his Na­tional Open by a whop­ping seven shots. His vic­tory was lauded by golf fans in Asia and also by his peers.

While Chawra­sia hogged the lime­light, Gavin Green of Malaysia also made his mark in his blos­som­ing ca­reer. The 24-year-old former am­a­teur star fin­ished sec­ond in India which was enough to se­cure his Asian Tour card for 2018. What’s in­ter­est­ing to note is that Green is among seven players in the top-10 of the Asian Tour Or­der of Merit still in their 20s while Phachara Khong­wat­mai of Thai­land, who is ranked third, is only 17 years old. How amaz­ing is that?

In the month of April, we wel­comed the first Ma­jor tour­na­ment on the golf cal­en­dar and I would like to con­grat­u­late Ser­gio

Gar­cia of Spain for win­ning the Masters Tour­na­ment. Ser­gio has been a strong sup­porter of golf tour­na­ments in Asia where he has com­peted reg­u­larly in the re­gion and in fact has won tour­na­ments in Thai­land, Malaysia and Viet­nam over the years.

It is still our hope and dream to wit­ness more Asian golfers chal­leng­ing for a Ma­jor tro­phy and em­u­lat­ing Y.E. Yang’s his­toric tri­umph at the 2009 PGA Cham­pi­onship. Asian golf is on a rise so don’t be sur­prised if this hap­pens sooner than you think.

S.S.P. Chawra­sia

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