Asian Tour and R&A forge closer ties
The Asian Tour and the R&A, one of the international governing bodies for golf, are set to work closer together for the development of the sport on the continent.
The Asian Tour has become an affiliate of the R&A, which organises the British Open, one of the sport's four majors and the only one to be played outside of USA.
The R&A will provide support over three years towards the Asian Tour’s developmental tour and will engage with the tour on rules education and development projects.
The Asian Tour becomes the first tour outside Europe to become an R&A affiliated body, and joins the European Tour and Ladies European Tour as R&A affiliates.
Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, which opened an office in Singapore late last year, said: “One of our goals in Asia is to create more pathways for talented young players to emerge and strengthening our partnership with the tour will enable us to provide greater support in this important aspect of the sport.”
Josh Burack, chief executive of the Asian Tour, which signed a commercial alliance with the European Tour a year ago, added: “In 2010 we set up the Asian Development Tour and since then it has expanded to over 20 tournaments per annum. The ADT provides a tremendous pathway onto our main tour and the world stage of golf.
“Working with The R&A will help us to secure some playing slots for top amateur players in Asia to compete against our professionals on the ADT.”
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Masters will be the final event on the Asia Tour this year, organisers have announced. The tournament is scheduled to be held from 14 to 17 December at Royale Jakarta Golf Club in the country's capital.