OneAsia Tour

OneAsia is a men's professional golf tour based in the Asia-Pacific region. The tour was founded in 2009 as a joint venture between the PGA Tour of Australasia, the China Golf Association, the Korean Golf Association and the Korean PGA. The Japan Golf Tour has been invited to participate in the project and co-sanctioned the 2012 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open. OneAsia is a rival to the longer established Asian Tour, with which it has poor relations. In its first year, tournaments on the tour were allocated world ranking points as if they were PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments. Since 2010, the tour has had world ranking status in its own right.

Formation

In January 2009, it was announced that there would be a new series of events across the Asia-Pacific region, to be organised by the PGA of Australia in co-operation with China Golf Association, the Japan Golf Tour, the Korean Golf Association and the Korean PGA. The aim of these events would be to raise the profile of professional golf in the region, and compete with the likes of the European Tour. The series would initially comprise six events, three in China, two in Australia and one in South Korea, with plans to expand in later years.[1][2][3]

The introduction of the OneAsia series was not welcomed by the Asian Tour.[4] All of the six events announced for 2009 were existing tournaments, including some already sanctioned by the Asian Tour. One of them, the Pine Valley Beijing Open, was called off a few weeks before it was due to be held. The organisers officially attributed this decision to the state of the course and a clash of dates with The Players Championship on the PGA Tour, but some media commentators dismissed these reasons since the tournament had clashed with the Players Championship the previous year as well, and attributed the cancellation to sponsor discontent with the sanctioning changes.[5]

Following a meeting of the Official World Golf Rankings Committee at the Open Championship in July all OneAsia events have been awarded Official World Golf Ranking points.

Schedule

2009 season

The table below shows the schedule for the inaugural 2009 season.[6] The season originally comprised six tournaments, three in China, two in Australia and one in South Korea, but the Pine Valley Beijing Open was cancelled to leave just five.[5]

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund Winner OWGR
points
Notes
16–19 Apr Volvo China Open Beijing, China USD2,200,000 Australia Scott Strange (n/a) 18 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
7–10 May Pine Valley Beijing Open Beijing, China USD1,200,000 Tournament cancelled[5]
10–13 Sept Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open South Korea USD1,000,000 South Korea Bae Sang-moon (1) 14
15–18 Oct Midea China Classic Guangzhou, China USD500,000 China Liang Wen-Chong (1) 6
3–6 Dec Australian Open Sydney, Australia USD1,200,000 Australia Adam Scott (n/a) 32 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
10–13 Dec Australian PGA Championship Sunshine Coast, Australia USD1,200,000 Australia Robert Allenby (n/a) 26 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

2010 season

The table below shows the schedule for the 2010 season.[7] The initial announcement confirmed eleven tournaments, six more than the tour's inaugural season.[8]

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund Winner OWGR
points
Notes
1–4 Apr Luxehills Chengdu Open Chengdu, China US$1,000,000 China Liang Wen-Chong (2) 10
15–18 Apr Volvo China Open Beijing, China US$2,500,000 South Korea Yang Yong-eun (1) 28 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
6–9 May GS Caltex Maekyung Open Seongnam, South Korea KRW 800,000,000 South Korea Kim Dae-hyun (1) 6
20–23 May SK Telecom Open South Korea KRW 900,000,000 South Korea Bae Sang-moon (2) 12
1–4 July Indonesian Open Indonesia US$ 1,000,000 New Zealand Michael Hendry (1) 8
26–29 Aug Thailand Open Thailand US$1,000,000 China Liang Wen-Chong (3) 10
7–10 Oct Kolon Korea Open South Korea KRW 1,000,000,000 South Korea Yang Yong-eun (2) 12
14–17 Oct Midea China Classic Guangzhou, China US$1,000,000 Australia Kim Felton (1) 8
21–24 Oct Shandong Gold Cup Championship Shandong, China USD1,000,000 n/a n/a Tournament cancelled.[9]
2–5 Dec Australian Open Sydney, Australia USD1,300,000 Australia Geoff Ogilvy (n/a) 32 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
9–12 Dec Australian PGA Championship Sunshine Coast, Australia USD1,300,000 Australia Peter Senior (n/a) 22 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

2011 season

The table below shows the schedule for the 2011 season.[10]

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund Winner OWGR
points
Notes
24–27 Mar Indonesian PGA Championship Tangerang, Indonesia US$1,000,000 Australia Andre Stolz (1) 10
21–24 Apr Volvo China Open Chengdu, China RMB20,000,000 Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts (n/a) 28 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
5–8 May GS Caltex Maekyung Open Seongnam, South Korea KRW 1,000,000,000 South Korea Kim Kyung-tae (1) 10 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
19–22 May SK Telecom Open Seogwipo, South Korea KRW 900,000,000 Australia Kurt Barnes (1) 14 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
2–5 Jun Nanshan China Masters Longkou, China US$1,000,000 South Korea Kim Bi-o (1) 6
7–10 Jul The Charity High 1 Resort Open Jeongseon, South Korea KRW 1,000,000,000 Cancelled[11] Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
14–17 Jul Indonesian Open Jakarta, Indonesia US$1,000,000 Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant (1) 6
11–14 Aug Thailand Open Bangkok, Thailand US$1,000,000 Australia Andre Stolz (2) 8
6–9 Oct Kolon Korea Open Cheonan, South Korea KRW 1,000,000,000 United States Rickie Fowler (n/a) 26 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
10–13 Nov Emirates Australian Open Sydney, Australia A$1,500,000 Australia Greg Chalmers (n/a) 42 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
24–27 Nov Australian PGA Championship Sunshine Coast, Australia A$1,500,000 Australia Greg Chalmers (n/a) 34 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

2012 season

The table below shows the schedule for the 2012 season.[12]

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund Winner OWGR
points
Notes
22–25 Mar Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open Indonesia US$1,000,000 Australia Nick Cullen (1) 12
19–22 Apr Volvo China Open Chengdu, China RMB20,000,000 South Africa Branden Grace (n/a) 32 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
10–13 May GS Caltex Maekyung Open Seongnam, South Korea KRW 1,000,000,000 South Korea Kim Bi-o (2) 10 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
17–20 May SK Telecom Open Seogwipo, South Korea KRW 900,000,000 South Korea Kim Bi-o (3) 10 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
9–12 Aug Thailand Open Bangkok, Thailand US$1,000,000 England Chris Wood (n/a) 6
6–9 Sep The Charity High 1 Open South Korea KRW1,000,000,000 Australia Matthew Griffin (1) 6
11–14 Oct Nanshan China Masters Longkou, China US$1,000,000 China Liang Wen-Chong (4) 12
18–21 Oct Kolon Korea Open Cheonan, South Korea KRW 1,000,000,000 South Korea Kim Dae-sub (1) 12 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
6–9 Dec Emirates Australian Open Sydney, Australia A$1,250,000 Australia Peter Senior (n/a) 32 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
13–16 Dec Australian PGA Championship Sunshine Coast, Australia A$1,500,000 Australia Daniel Popovic (1) 18 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

2013 season

The table below shows the schedule for the 2013 season.[13]

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund Winner OWGR
points
Notes
14–17 Mar Thailand Open Bangkok, Thailand US$1,000,000 Thailand Prayad Marksaeng (1) 18 Co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour
28–31 Mar Indonesia PGA Championship Indonesia US$1,000,000 South Korea Choi Ho-sung (1) 12 Co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour
2–5 May Volvo China Open Chengdu, China RMB20,000,000 Australia Brett Rumford (1) 28 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
9–12 May GS Caltex Maekyung Open Seongnam, South Korea KRW1,000,000,000 South Korea Ryu Hyun-woo (1) 8 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
16–19 May SK Telecom Open Seogwipo, South Korea KRW1,000,000,000 Australia Matthew Griffin (2) 6 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
10–13 Oct Nanshan China Masters China US$1,000,000 South Africa Charl Schwartzel (n/a) 12
17–20 Oct Kolon Korea Open South Korea KRW 1,000,000,000 South Korea Kang Sung-hoon (n/a) 14 Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
7–10 Nov Australian PGA Championship Sunshine Coast, Australia A$1,250,000 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
28 Nov – 1 Dec Emirates Australian Open Melbourne, Australia A$1,250,000 Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
5–8 Dec OneAsia Championship China US$2,000,000
12–15 Dec Dongfeng Nissan Cup China

Order of Merit winners

Year Winner Country Winnings (US$)
2012 Bi-o Kim  South Korea 380,745
2011 Andre Stolz  Australia 464,812
2010 Liang Wen-Chong  China 560,737
2009 Scott Strange  Australia 505,784

The current Order of Merit list is [1] here.

References

External links

  • Official site
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