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PGA Tour to play event in Malaysia

The U.S. PGA Tour has agreed to a lucrative long-term deal to start playing an annual tournament in Malaysia as part of a push into southeast Asia.

The U.S. PGA Tour and the Asian Tour announced on Monday they would co-sanction the Malaysia Asia Pacific Golf Classic from 2010 under a multi-year deal.

The dates for next year’s event are yet to be finalised but the tournament will be staged late in the year at the Mines Resort and Golf Club and carry total prize money of $6 million.

The top 25 players from the final U.S. PGA tour standings and the top 10 available players from the Asian Tour money list will automatically get spots in the 40-man field.

“This is indeed very exciting for the PGA Tour to be able to venture into Southeast Asia,” U.S. PGA vice president of business development Matt Rapp said in a statement.

“Southeast Asia has great potential for burgeoning growth in golf and we are extremely pleased to take this significant first step into the marketplace.”

The U.S. PGA co-sanctioned the first World Golf Championship (WGC) event in Asia at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last month, but the prize money did not count towards the players’ tour rankings.


December 8, 2009

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