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
The 2010 season will open with the third edition of the Asian
Tour International at Bangkok’s Suwan Country Club from Feb. 4.