PGA Tour Announces New Developmental Circuit in Asia
The PGA Tour further strengthens it growth as they announced a new developmental circuit in Asia as they plan to launch in China. The PGA Tour China will be featuring 12 events that is not restricted to Chinese players will have around 120 to 150 players participating and competing for the prize of US$200,000. Details are still being finalized and qualifying events could start as early as next year.
Launched by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, the venture is created along with the cooperation with the China Olympic Sports Industry President Sun Liping and Zhang Xiaoning the chief of the China Golf Association during the WGC HSBC golfing event. During the vent Finchem announced that they are proud of the establishment of the PGA Tour China which will further strengthen their relations hip with the China Golf Association.
Finchem also dismisses any concerns that the PGA Tour China could hurt the European and OneAsia tours that have been played in China for several years now. He said that they don’t see anything that will affect both tours in sanctioning tournaments. Since 2004 the European tour have been played as official money tournaments with two event a year, meanwhile OneAsia Tour will be having four of its 11 tournaments in the country.
Aside from PGA Tour China, the PGA already operates and owns two tours outside of the United States namely PGA Tour Canada and the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica.