"AT announces provisional schedule for Jan to Apr, 2017"

Thu 08 Dec 2016

"AT announces provisional schedule for Jan to Apr, 2017"

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Sentosa, Singapore, December 2: The Asian Tour has released a provisional schedule for the start of the 2017 season, which kicks off with the season-opening SMBC Singapore Open in mid-January.
The Tour will subsequently head to the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, Maybank Championship in Malaysia, World Super 6 Perth in Australia and Hero Indian Open during the first three months of the year.
The month of April will feature two successive tournaments - The Panasonic Open in Japan and Yeangder Heritage in Chinese Taipei.
The Tour is targeting 12 to 15 full-field Asian Tour tournaments for the 2017 season. As part of our mission to create opportunities for members to enhance their careers, the 2017 season will feature one co-sanctioned event with the PGA Tour, three co-sanctioned tournaments with the European Tour, four with the Japan Golf Tour and also a number of tri-sanctioned tournaments with the European Tour and other international Tours.
In total, the Asian Tour 2017 schedule will comprise over 25 tournaments as part of its year-long Order of Merit race.  The all-important Order of Merit will be used to determine the Asian Tour field for the lucrative CIMB Classic in Malaysia and WGC-HSBC Champions in China. As in previous years, the Tour’s schedule will be packed from September to December.
The Tour is actively engaged with other tournament promoters and sponsors to further add playing opportunities onto the 2017 schedule, including events in new destinations.
The Asian Tour Qualifying School will be held over three weeks in Thailand from late December until early January, where players will vie for coveted Asian Tour cards for the upcoming season. The top-35 finishers and ties will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour.
A large contingent of Qualifying School players will also be eligible to compete on the Asian Development Tour (ADT). The top five players on the final ADT Order of Merit will earn Asian Tour cards for the subsequent season.
Registration for Qualifying School is currently open and places for Stage One, Week 1 and Week 2 are filling up fast.
The Tour will progressively add tournaments onto its 2017 Schedule when agreements are concluded with tournament promoters and organisers in the coming weeks and months.
Asian Tour 2017 Schedule – January to April
Dec 28-31:       Qualifying School Stage One – Week 1
Jan 4-7:            Qualifying School Stage One – Week 2
Jan 11-14:        Qualifying School Final Stage
Jan 19-22:        SMBC Singapore Open+
Jan 26-29:        Leopalace21 Myanmar Open+
Feb 1-4:           Bashundhara Bangladesh Open
Feb 9-12:         Maybank Championship*
Feb 16-19:       World Super 6 Perth#
Mar 9-12:        Hero Indian Open*
Apr 20-23:       Panasonic Open Japan+
Apr 27-30:       Yeangder Heritage
Notes:
* joint-sanctioned with European Tour.
+ joint-sanctioned with Japan Golf Tour.
# tri-sanctioned with European Tour and PGA Tour of Australia.
Full 2017 Schedule to be released in due course at the discretion of the Asian Tour.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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