The region’s golf circuit has been boosted by لی 200 million cash injection by Australian legend Norman.
Golf’s Asian Tour returns this week after a 20-month epidemic in Thailand, with Australian legend Greg Norman investing 200 200 million in cash in 10 new profitable tournaments starting next year.
When the $ 1 million Blue Canyon Championship kicks off on Thursday on the famous Thai island of Phuket, it will feature the first shots played on the Asian Tour since the Malaysian Open on March 7, 2020.
The resumption came just weeks after Norman rocked the golf world by announcing his new series of 10 Saudi-sponsored events from 2022, sparking speculation that the great white shark’s golf “super” “It simply came to our notice then. League “.
Asian Tour Commissioner and CEO Chou Man Thant insists Norman’s move is not to take over the circuit and his priority is to end the 2019-2020 campaign that has stalled to combat the corona virus epidemic.
“This week will help us finally begin the process of completing our season after the most difficult period in our history,” Cho told asiantour.com.
Wade Ormsby of Australia has led the Order of Merit since winning the Hong Kong Open in January 2020.
He will head a strong field for back-to-back events in Phuket, including home favorites Jazz Janewattananon and American John Caitlin, who made the top 10 in the $ 9 million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday. I will join.
Jazz, the Order of the 2019 Merit Champions, will feature 144 players on the field alongside Asian Tour celebrities such as Scotland of Australia and Shiv Kapoor of India.
Players will make a short trip to the Lagna Phuket Championship next week, followed by two more $ 1 million events in Singapore to end the longest season in Asian tour history in January.
Both Thai events will be played in “bubble” conditions, without spectators, and players will have to be fully vaccinated to compete.
The resumption of the game in Asia was complicated by changes in the rules of the Cowboys in various countries.
But Thailand abolished its strict quarantine requirements for fully immunized visitors, allowing the tour to hold back-to-back tournaments in Phuket.
The 2022 season schedule is yet to be announced but will begin in early February with 5 million from Saudi International, a 10-event series funded by Norman-backed LIV Golf Investments. Will not participate
The majority of the company is owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, behind the recent takeover of Newcastle United, the Premier League football team.
The Gulf state’s move in sports has led to allegations of “sports laundering” – buying positive publicity to divert attention from human rights records.
But Chu said the new partnership would help strengthen the Asian Tour and recover from the effects of the shutdown.
“The 10 tournaments with a prize money of more than مل 1 million have never been seen before, mainly on the Asian Tour,” Cho told AFP.
“This is likely to be the most lucrative season of the Asian Tour.”