Wed, Feb 20, 2013 - Page 19 News List

ASIAN TOUR: Asia holding out for hero as season starts

AFP, SINGAPORE

In strong echoes of cricket’s Indian Premier League, star players were bought at auction by eight teams for the televised, floodlit and Asian Tour-approved event played over three rounds of 14 holes earlier this month.

This year may also see a reprise of unsanctioned events in China such as November’s chaotic “Duel at Jinsha Lake” between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, when fans mobbed the fairways and stole balls from the driving range.

Tournament highlights will include the WGC-HSBC Champions, which returns to Shanghai with a giant purse of US$8.5 million, and Kuala Lumpur’s CIMB Classic, which will become the first full-status US PGA Tour event in Asia.

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