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Asian PGA not surprised by player take over

Asian PGA Tour executive director Ramlan Harun says he is not surprised at the attempt by a group of players to take over the running of the tour.

"I can understand why they are doing it," Harun told Reuters on Wednesday.

"The (APGA) board members were surprised, but some of them were expecting it.

"The players have enough experience to run the tour. They can start afresh."

Indian professional Amandeep Johl said on Tuesday that a new Singapore-registered body planned to organise the tour because the players were unhappy at poor promotion by the organisers.

Johl said the disaffected players blamed that on infighting within the APGA over a protracted court battle with its marketing company to regain the master rights causing sponsorship concerns.

The players' move has won the support of the European PGA Tour, which jointly sanctions three events in Asia, and has reportedly been backed by some of the major sponsors.

The new body is expected to be launched this week and its board formed at its meeting to be held before the Thailand Open starting on January 22.

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