Asian Tour to include 5 new tournaments in 2010

The Asian Tour will include five new golf tournaments in an

expanded 2010 schedule of at least 28 events announced Tuesday.

The Avantha Championship and Nimbus Pro-Am Championship will

make their debuts at India in February, while other new events are

being finalized for Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, the Asian Tour

said in a statement.

Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han said a second tier

circuit, the Asian Development Tour, would be launched in 2010 for

emerging players who do not have full playing rights on the Asian

Tour, similar to the Nationwide Tour in the United States and the

European Challenge Tour.

The Asian Tour said the total prize fund on offer next year will

be in excess of $39 million. Han said the Tour was forecasting

between 30 to 35 events with over $45 million in prize money from

2012 onwards

The 2010 season will open with the third edition of the Asian

Tour International at Bangkok’s Suwan Country Club from Feb. 4.