Date: May 14, 2013
Author: OneAsia

OneAsia adds Tour Championship to schedule

OneAsia will add a U.S. $2 million Tour Championship-style event to its calendar as the circuit marks a fifth year of operation with an exciting expanded schedule for the second half of 2013. The new event will take place at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, and comes as a result of OneAsia&aposs excellent relationship with the China Golf Association (CGA), one of the tour&aposs founding partners alongside the PGA of Australia, the Korea Golf Association and the Korea Golf Tour. Announcing the schedule for the rest of the year, OneAsia Commissioner and Chairman Sang Y. Chun said the tour had become a valuable member of the global golfing community and was living up to its mission of providing lucrative playing opportunities for the Asia-Pacific&aposs best golfers. All OneAsia&aposs events carry a minimum purse of around U.S. $1 million, and the prize fund for 2013 totals nearly $15 million. “Despite the global belt-tightening by corporations linked to sports sponsorship, we are pleased to have increased our elite suite of tournaments with a new event,” Chun said. “In addition, our co-operation with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation has given us a vast new audience and provided an important untapped market for those sponsors associated with our prestigious co-sanctioned tournaments.” The new tournament is the brainchild of Tenniel Chu, vice-chairman of the Mission Hills Group and also OneAsia&aposs Secretary-General. “OneAsia continues to go from strength to strength and I&aposm delighted to be part of that growth — both from within the organisation and representing the Mission Hills Group,” he said. “Mission Hills has a long-established and unrivalled track-record of staging world class events in China, and I am hopeful that this tournament will become the jewel in the OneAsia crown.” The first two events of the season — the Thailand Open and the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship — were co-sanctioned by the Japan Tour and resulted in blockbuster television audience figures in the Land of the Rising Sun as well as under OneAsia&aposs traditional global broadcast shadow, which covers hundreds of millions of viewers across the globe. OneAsia also co-sanctions the Volvo China Open with the European Tour, and this year the tournament received unprecedented interest and publicity with the participation of a slew of record-breaking Chinese youngsters following in the footsteps of Guan Tianlang, who last month made the cut at the U.S. Masters aged just 14. After last week&aposs GS Caltex Maekyung Open, OneAsia is still in Korea for the SK Telecom Open starting Thursday, before taking a summer break while the Majors are played in Britain and the United States. The tour returns to Korea from August 29 – September 1 for the Charity High1 Resort Open followed by back-to-back events in October — the Nanshan China Masters (October 10 – 13) and the Kolon Korea Open (October 17 – 20). This year will see the Australian swing move to November for the first time so as not to clash with a packed sporting schedule Down Under at the end of the year. The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola — traditionally the season ender for OneAsia — will now take place from November 7 – 10 at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast after a lengthy residence further north in Coolum. The Emirates Australian Open (November 28 – December 1) returns to the stunning and long-established Royal Sydney Golf Club. Concluding the individual stroke play events for the year will be an inaugural Tour Championship-style event, which will be hosted by the Mission Hills Group at their world-famous multi-course facilities in Shenzhen from December 5 – 8. “The OneAsia Tour Championship will be a fitting conclusion to what is already turning out to be a thrilling season,” Chun said. “Last year any one of four players could have won the Order of Merit title by winning the final event of the season in Australia. It will be even more exciting to go down to the wire at a traditional Tour Championship in China.” The season will close with the Dongfeng Nissan Cup in Shenzhen from December 12 – 15, a Ryder Cup-style team event which pits a China team against an Asia-Pacific select side.