Indian Open not in Asian Tour, will get slot later: IGU

Kuala Lumpur: Indian golf`s marquee event, the Hero Honda Indian Open, does not figure in the Asian Tour`s 2011 provisional schedule announced today but the Indian Golf Union insisted that the USD 1.25 million
tournament would be alloted a slot "very soon".

The Asian Tour announced its 2011 Schedule with a provisional 25 tournaments which will travel throughout Asia and as far as Switzerland.

But the calendar does not feature the Indian Open, the 47th edition of which was won by Sweden`s Rikard Karlberg at the Delhi Golf Course last week.

However, IGU Director General A Parmar told PTI that the Indian Open will get a slot soon.

"Last week, we had a meeting with the Asian Tour and they would soon be allotting a slot for the Indian Open. We want it to be held in either October last week or November first week," he said.

"We will get the dates soon. Indian Open is such an old tournament. The Asian Tour can`t do without it," he added.

The Indian Open`s future had been in doubt due to differences between the Asian Tour and the IGU over its scheduling.

But Parmar insisted that "all issues have been sorted out".

Meanwhile, Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han said the schedule will be further boosted in the coming weeks as the Tour is in final negotiations with various sponsors and organisers for new tournaments.

Asia`s elite players will play for a projected total prize fund in excess of USD 45 million next year, the highest ever in the history of Asian golf.

This will reinforce the Asian Tour as the third largest international Tour behind the PGA Tour and European Tour.

"We are delighted to announce our 2011 Schedule for our highly talented members. There will be further updates in the coming weeks as we are in advanced discussions with various parties for other tournaments to feature on our calendar,"
said Han.

"Through key alliances with our partners, we are moving forward at an exciting pace for the betterment of professional
golf in Asia.

The Asian Tour season will begin with the all-important Qualifying School in Thailand in January with the top-40 finishers at the Final Stage earning Tour cards.

2011 Asian Tour Schedule:

Jan 13-16: Qualifying School First Stage, Imperial Lake
GC & Majestic Creek GR, Hua Hin, Thailand.
Jan 20-23: Qualifying School Final Stage, presented by
Sports Authority of Thailand, Imperial Lakeview & Springfield
Royal CC, Hua Hin.
Feb 10-13: Myanmar Open, Pun Hlaing, Yangon, USD 300,000.
Feb 17-20: Avantha Masters, DLF GCC, New Delhi, ?1.8
million (approx: USD 2.3 million).
Mar 22-25: SAIL Open, Delhi GC, India, USD 300,000.
Apr 14-17: Maybank Malaysian Open, KL GCC, Kuala Lumpur,
USD 2.5 million.
Apr 21-24: OSK Masters, Damai Laut CC, Lumut, Malaysia,
USD 300,000.
Apr 28-May 1: Ballantine`s Championships, Blackstone
Resort, Seoul, 2.2 million (approx USD 2.8 million).
May 5-8: Philippine Open, Wack Wack GCC, Manila, USD
June 23-26: Queen`s Cup, Santiburi Samui CC, Samui,
Thailand, USD 300,000.
July 21-24: Brunei Open, Empire Resort and CC, Bandar
Seri Begawan, USD 300,000.
July 28-31: Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, Seri
Selangor GC, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, USD 300,000.
Aug 4-7: Omega Mission Hills World Cup Qualifying ? Asia,
Venue TBA.
Sep 1-4: Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre GC,
Crans, Switzerland, ?2 million (Approx USD 2.6).
Sept 8-11: Handa Singapore Classic, Orchid CC, Singapore,
USD 400,000.
Sept 22-25: Asia Pacific Panasonic Open, Venue TBA,
Japan, 150 million (Approx. USD 1.7 million).
Sept 29-Oct 2: Indonesia President Invitational, Venue
TBA, USD 400,000.
Oct 6-9: Yeangder Tournament Players Championship, Linkou
International GCC, Taipei, USD 300,000.
Oct 27-30: CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, The Mines
Resort and GC, Kuala Lumpur, USD 6 million.
Nov 3-6: WGC HSBC Champions, Venue TBA, China, USD 7
Nov 3-6: Mercuries Taiwan Masters, Taiwan GCC, Taipei,
USD 500,000.
Nov 10-13: Barclays Singapore Open, Sentosa GC,
Singapore, USD 6 million.
Nov 17-20: Iskandar Johor Open, Venue TBA, Johor Bahru,
Malaysia, Prize Money TBA.
Nov 24-27: Omega Mission Hills World Cup, Mission Hills
Resort, Hainan, China, USD 6 million.
Nov 24-27: Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, Phokeethra CC,
Siem Reap, USD 300,000.
Dec 1-4: UBS Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong GC, USD 2.5
Dec 8-11: King`s Cup, Venue TBA, Thailand, USD 300,000.
Dec 15-18: Tour Championship, Venue TBA.