Yang spearheads Asian challenge in New Zealand

Wed 08 Mar 2017

Yang spearheads Asian challenge in New Zealand

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Queenstown, New Zealand, March 8: Asian Tour honorary member Y.E. Yang of Korea is set to spearhead the Asian charge when the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open gets underway on Thursday.
The ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open is a new and exciting collaboration with the event organisers where 10 playing spots have been extended to the Asian Tour.
Scott Barr of Australia Scott Barr of Australia
Following this initial collaboration, the parties, including the current sanctioning Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, have agreed to discuss future sanctioning arrangements with the Asian Tour for the tournament for the following two years.
Such partnerships would likely see more Asian Tour players feature in the field and earnings from the event counting towards the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
As the first Asian to win a Major Championship, Yang will be among the tournament favourites at Millbrook Resort and The Hills vying for the prize purse of NZ$1 million.
The Korean held off Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship in 2009 and holds two wins on the Asian Tour.
Compatriot Younghan Song, who claimed his maiden Asian Tour win in Singapore last year, will also be among the headline acts along with Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato, a three-time Japan Tour winner and defending champion Matthew Griffin of Australia.
Indonesia’s Danny Masrin will also be seeking to serve notice of his talent and put up a strong challenge against the leading players from the PGA Tour of Australasia and Japan Golf Tour at the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open.
Touted as one of Indonesia’s top golfers, Masrin turned professional in 2015 and has already enjoyed two top-10s on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), the secondary circuit on the Asian Tour in 2016.
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