The Asian Tour 2009 is the main professional golf tour in Asia. The only country that it excludes is Japan, because they have their own professional golf tour. There are a total of 29 events that take place as part of the Asian Tour and this year has been one exciting season of golf.
Asia took the first tournament, which is a team event held in Thailand. The event, not technically part of the tour events but still played on the tour, took place in January and was followed by the Emaar MGF Indian Masters which had a purse of $2.5 million dollars, but was canceled partly because of economic concerns and partly because of worries about security from the November, 2008 attacks in Mumbai.
Because the Indian Open was canceled, the Asian Tour International was rescheduled to be the Asian Tour's opening event. It took place on February 5th – 8th, and was won by 26 year old South African Golfer James Kamte. Anthony Kang was the next title champion, winning the Maylaysia Open. Two more events took place in February this year on the Asian Tour – the Johnnie Walker Classic, which was won by Danny Lee, a just turned pro 19 year old golfer and the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open. This tournament took place in Bali and the title and grand prize money was taken home by Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand.
In March, the Singha Thailand Open was played for the first time, followed closely by the SAIL Open which was won by Chapchai Nirat. After that, Thailand hosted another tournament with The Black Mountain Masters, another new tournament. The most recent tournament was the Ballantine's Championship, which was also a European Tour event and was held on April 23rd – 26th. Thongchai Jaidee took home that title as well, and his share of the $2.9 million dollar purse. The Maekyung Open is the next tournament on the schedule, taking place in South Korea on May 14th. Following closely behind is the SK Telecom Open and in June begins the first major of the golf world – the U.S. Open.
After the Ballantine's Championship Thongchai Jaidee moved up into the number one spot on the Order of Merit list for the Asian Tour, with a total of over $700,000 in earnings so far. In the number two spot is American Player Anthony Kang, who has a season total of $372,000 dollars with Jyoti Randhawa in third. This could all change soon, as The U.S. Open starts on June 12th. Fifty percent of the prize money from the U.S. Open goes towards the Order of Merit standings.
Tags: Asian Tour
, Asian Tour International
, James Kamte
, Anthony Kang