"Top Asian, International and Officials Offer Praise"

Fri 15 Feb 2013

"Top Asian, International and Officials Offer Praise"

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Singapore, February 15: As the Asian Tour celebrate its 10th season in 2013, some of the leading Asian and international players including Officials from the US PGA Tour and European Tour offer words of congratulations on the Tour’s milestone. Read on to find out what they have to say.
Thaworn Wiratchant, reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, holder of record 15 titles
“I can say that the Asian Tour is my home Tour. I was born on this Tour. It made me stay relevant in my career. I have good friends on this Tour. The Asian Tour staff have looked after me like I'm one of the family members. I see the movement of the tour from the beginning. I have learned from this Tour and I can survive because of this Tour. I have a good reputation when I represent the Asian Tour - my life has changed in a good way every year when I have been a member of the Tour. Ten years have passed so quickly. But we can see the development of the Tour from the number of members, number of events and the prize money. I'd like to see more young guys coming up and this Tour is the first step for them.”
Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit, the man who struck the opening tee shot on the Asian Tour in 2004
“The Asian Tour is consistently improving. In the past, prize monies were much lesser and there wasn’t much room for players to improve. Now, prize monies are higher and there is more room for players to improve their games. Everything is improving on the Asian Tour. I hope the tour can continue to maintain its good image and continue to produce more good players to compete on the world stage.”
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Y.E. Yang of Korea, the first Asian male Major champion, Honorary member of the Asian Tour
“In the early days of my career, I played on the Asian Tour and I will continue to support the Tour. The Asian Tour travels to many different countries and this helps with the player development. The Asian Tour opened the door to international competitions for me. I started my playing career on the Korean Tour but I found out through the Asian Tour that there was a high level of competition. There were so much more possibilities for me and I practiced and persevered and I was diligent enough to succeed.”
George O’Grady, Chief Executive, European Tour
I think the Asian Tour has done everything they can to unite the game in the region and bring together all talented golfers in different countries to make up the tour. You will see its tremendous achievements and impact on Asia. I think the way that players are playing in world golf championships have got to travel. They got to reflect the impact that all the different countries make. I think it is a reward. There is no reason why a major shouldn’t happen in Asia. Britain has its own major championship and they play in a particular kind of golf course-the links golf course. It’s made up of so many countries and there is a wide range of golf courses throughout Asia. The impact of the game in this region is so great that I don’t see any reason why a major shouldn’t happen here. I would like to pay my tribute to the Asian Tour. Congratulations for achieving the 10 years milestone and for everything you’ve done to unite the game in Asia and to inspire many great young talents.
India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, a two-time Order of Merit champion
“I think it has been fantastic for the past decade. I’m very grateful to the Asian Tour because that’s where I started my professional golf career. I will never forget that this is the place which offered and gave me the confidence to move on. I think it’s growing and will continue to grow in the future. I think it will definitely become a greater tour in future.”
Scott Hend, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour
“I’ve seen a lot of changes on the Asian Tour. And it’s gets better and better. It’s like a jump step for all of us and it’s a players’ organisation. It’s for the players and not just consisting of management groups. Players are pretty much in charge of what is going to happen on the tour. It’s really good in that way. It is good to see the young guys coming through and progress. Prize monies have definitely become better over the years. My time on the Asian Tour has been pretty fantastic so far. I’ve a lot of good memories on the tour.
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Ed Moorehouse, Co-Chief Operating Officer, PGA Tour
I think the reputation of the Asian Tour is growing and primarily, the success of the players who have achieved not only in an Asian Tour event but also co-sanctioned events like the CIMB Classic. The Asian Tour is definitely in the process of producing many good players. I think the Asian Tour has grown from a minor tour to a significant force that it is in Asia today. I go around Asia and talk to some of the companies which we do business with in the States and they have some of the arrangements with the Asian Tour, everyone is saying that it’s developing into a very good Tour. The International Federation of PGA Tours started back in 1994 and that was an organisation with five Tours, the PGA Tour, European Tour, Japanese Tour, Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour. It is a very significant organisation and certainly the Asian Tour is a part of the federation. I would like to congratulate the Asian Tour. I think they have grown significantly in the past 10 years. They have developed a lot of good tournaments and co-sanctioned tournaments with us. We have a great relationship with the Asian Tour. They have a great partnership with the European Tour as well. Development has been really tremendous for the Asian Tour. Congratulations to Kyi Hla Han and his group for really making the Asian Tour a significant force in the world of golf. I think the Asian Tour is very important in the development the game of golf in the region. The Asian Tour is very instrumental in developing the game of golf in Asia.
Eight-time European number one Colin Montgomerie of Scotland
“This is where the boom of world golf is going to be. I think it’s improving all the time. We’ve got an Asian, Y.E. Yang, winning a Major. I think there will be 10 Asian Major winners if you ask me again in 10 years’ time. I think Asia is where the future of the game is and will be in the years to come. Congratulations to the Asian Tour.”
South African star Ernie Els, a four-time Major champion
“I would like to congratulate the Asian Tour on its 10th season. It’s been 10 great years and I’m really looking forward to its future. I first played here in 1993 and since that time, we have a Major champion coming out from Asia and the growth of the game has been unbelievable.”
Australia’s Adam Scott
“The Asian Tour has grown so much. Looking back and seeing how the game has grown now is incredible and I’m expecting it to become bigger and bigger, especially with golf being part of the Olympics in 2016. Providing a world class tour has certainly elevated the game of golf in Asia. It is producing a lot of world class players. The Asian Tour has certainly done a good job in that and I’m sure they will strive and continue to produce world class golf in Asia for all of us to see.”
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England’s Lee Westwood, former world number one
“The Asian Tour has grown and became better over the years. We’ve got better fields all the time and better quality of the Asian players as well. Golf courses have improved and conditions are better. It’s definitely growing and I can see it getting better and better.”
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, a four-time Asian Tour winner
This is my sixth year on the tour and I’ve seen great changes over the years which include greater prize monies, better golf courses and quality of players. It gets better every year. It’s a great inspiration for all the young players who have already seen the Asian Tour growing. It’s my pleasure to be associated with the Asian Tour. I’ve seen how it has grown over the years and I would like to give my best wishes to the Asian Tour. Hopefully it can become the second biggest tour in the world one day. I think with the movement of the Asian economy right now, sponsors are putting in heaps and heaps of money into tournaments. That is a key factor for the Asian Tour and it’s looking good now. I think with this, top golfers like Tiger Woods may be making a few more appearances in Asia in the near future. This is one thing that I’ve seen changing over the years. I must say this is what we need.
Mo Joong-kyung of Korea, a two-time Asian Tour winner
“There have been a lot of changes over the years. A lot of young players are coming out from Asia as well. I think Asia is a big market for golf and a lot of players all over the world are interested to come and play over here. The golf courses in Asia have become better as well.”
Marcus Both of Australia, a two-time Asian Tour winner
“I’ve seen great changes on the Asian Tour over the past 10 years especially when I’ve been around since day one. What we are looking at now is a great schedule on the Asian Tour and a lot of new events are popping up and the existing events that we have had grown from strength to strength. The prize monies for tournaments have increased as well. We’re playing a lot of new courses now and they are fantastic! Places like Macau where we played in 2003 and now, the golf course has improved a lot. The setup is a lot better. It gets better year after year.
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Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a one-time winner
I would like to congratulate the Asian Tour for entering 10 years, which is not a short period. I’ve been playing on the Asian Tour for four years now and I can see the tour improve every year. Take for example the prize monies, number of events every year, etc. These are very good for the young generation. I’m sure the Asian Tour will continue to grow in the future and become better over the next few years. This is the first tour that I’ve played in and I’ve won my first tournament on the Asian Tour as well.
Arjun Atwal of India, PGA Tour champion
Congratulations to the Asian Tour for having such a fun tour first of all and then, helping me, Jeev and the other guys grow through their Tour. It has grown by leaps and bounds … I think because of the way the economy is growing in Asia. It is only a matter of time, like you see the Koreans girls rule the LPGA; I think the Asians are coming.
Berry Henson of the United States, one-time winner on the Asian Tour
This is my second year on the Asian Tour but I’ve seen a lot of growth. The Asian Tour is growing rapidly and its future has no limit. A lot of new young talents are coming up as well. I think you are going to see a lot of leaps and bounds on the Asian Tour over the next five years! It’s good that the Asian Tour is attracting a lot of international star players, especially for me when I travel all the way here to play with some of the best players in the world. We get to do that like once in a month and that is great! I think the tour is growing and that’s the direction that it is moving towards. The fans are really enjoying themselves here. I’m sure we will continue to see such great fields and great events in future.
Danny Chia of Malaysia, a one-time winner on the Asian Tour
The players are getting better and better, compared to the first year when I joined the Tour. The number of co-sanctioned events has increased as well. I think it’s great. Prize money has gone up and the quality of playing standard on the Asian Tour has improved over the years.
Zaw Moe of Myanmar
I’ve seen a lot of changes on the Asian Tour over the past 10 years. It has produced a lot of good young players. I’ve been playing for 15-20 years and it’s really good to see these young players progress and play well. The prize money has definitely grown over the years. I really enjoy playing on the Asian Tour.
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